Between 1999 and 2001 in Montes de Maria area, wich includes the regions of Sucre and Bolivar, armed groups of people commited 72 massacres, considered to be the most serious in the history of this Country.
The one occured in Chengue was definitely one of the most violent.
On the 17th of January 2001 in this village of 1300 people, 27 died and all the others were forced to leave.
Ten years later only 60 out of 1300 people who lived there before, came back to start over again.
Life condition though is difficult: people who used to live quietly before the rise of paramilitarism, are now struggling in the less inhabited places of Montes de Maria zone and one of the poorest village of Colombia. - Gianmarco Panucci
Via Photo report