The recruitment of indigenous minors continues in the department of Cauca

The recruitment of indigenous minors by groups outside the law is a worrying reality in the department of Cauca. In the last three years, nearly 800 cases of recruited minors have been reported, according to human rights reports.

This situation generates a crisis in terms of security and well-being for indigenous youth and children. Recruitment has intensified in areas such as northern Cauca,

in the Morales municipality, south of the department, according to Joe Sauca, CRIC advisor.

Indigenous organizations, communities, families and authorities have sought strategies to confront this situation, but the complexity of the problem persists.

One of the reasons why armed groups recruit indigenous youth is the proportionality of the population. Cauca has a high concentration of indigenous population, which makes them a preferred target for these illegal groups.

However, recruitment strategies that go beyond financial offers have also been observed, such as the use of social networks to seduce young people.

Once in the armed ranks, young people face difficulties returning to their homes and are forced to participate in armed confrontations.

The recruitment of minors is not limited to Cauca, but has expanded to other departments such as Tolima and Nariño.

This indicates a growing concern and a need to act in a coordinated and effective manner to protect minors and guarantee respect for their rights. The Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) and other institutions such as the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) have worked on prevention strategies and restoration of rights for affected minors.


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