Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/24/2014 (5 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Body parts are then thrown into sea.

The screams of people being dismembered alive with chainsaws echo throughout the Colombian port city of Buenaventura. People who live here say they hear the cries late at night, as the local drug gangs exact their vengeance against those who dare to cross them.

Thousands of Buenaventura's residents have been forced to flee as a result. Some 50,687 people have been forcibly displaced in the past three years, according to official figures.

Thousands of Buenaventura's residents have been forced to flee as a result. Some 50,687 people have been forcibly displaced in the past three years, according to official figures.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/24/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Buenaventura, Colombia, murder, dismemberment, drug gangs


LOS ANGELES,CA (Catholic online) - Local gangsters have been spotted leaving late at night from the "chop houses," which are warrens of wooden shacks on stilts, carrying plastic bags with dismembered body parts that are thrown then into the ocean.

With a population of roughly 370,000 people, Buenaventura is a key smuggling point for cocaine being transported by sea. The drugs are then trucked through Mexico into the United States. This grisly fact marks Buenaventura as one of Colombia's most violent cities.

Light a virtual candle -- by going here!

Fishermen report coming across body parts floating in the waters of Colombia's main port on the Pacific coast.

The gangs here fight over control of Buenaventura's waterfront areas where the cocaine is stored and shipped, putting communities in the middle of drug turf wars.

"The chop-up houses do exist even though the government finds it hard to accept that they do," said a nun and women's rights leader says. "Women in our support group have heard the screams at night. They fear that their sons, daughters and husbands who've disappeared have been dismembered. People are too afraid to act."

Mutilated body parts of at least a dozen people have been found washed up along Buenaventura's shores over the past year and a half.

In testimonies collected by Human Rights Watch (HRW), officials say that when they visited Buenaventura in November 2013, they found a city that was wracked by "terror in no-man's land" and at the mercy of criminal gangs linked to former right-wing paramilitaries. These outfits demobilized as part of a controversial peace process from 2003 onwards but then returned to crime.

"We found a city where entire neighborhoods were dominated by powerful paramilitary successor groups - known as the Urabenos and the Empresa - who restrict residents' movements, recruit their children, extort their businesses, and routinely engage in horrific acts of violence against anyone who defies their will," Jose Miguel Vivanco, HRW's Americas director, told reporters.

"These mafia are terrorizing communities. The fact that people disappear and dismembered parts of bodies continue to appear on Buenaventura's beaches shows that the horror has no limit," he said.

Thousands of Buenaventura's residents have been forced to flee as a result. Some 50,687 people have been forcibly displaced in the past three years, according to official figures.

Buenaventura has reported the highest numbers of residents uprooted from their homes every year since 2011 and is home to the largest number of people registered missing in Colombia. At least 150 people disappeared in the city from 2010 to 2013, HRW says.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Americas

California Governor: 'You're all welcome,' even illegal immigrants Watch

Image of California Governor Jerry Brown meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

California Governor Jerry Brown in a speech this week declared that all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. While introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the ... continue reading


Argentine president may take drastic measures to deal with debt Watch

Image of Argentinian President Cristina Fernández praised her nation's financial system as being

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Argentinian President Cristina Fernández praised her nation's financial system as being "one of the most solid in the world" during a speech at the Buenos Aires stock exchange last week. Many disagree, saying that they fear the mercurial president may go to ... continue reading


GRISLY HARVEST: Mexican children, adults murdered for their organs Watch

Image of Victims targeted by organ harvesters usually range in age from seven to 10 years while younger children are often kidnapped for adoption.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The already rampant criminal network in Mexico and South America, in addition to dealing drugs, has taken to abducting children and adults in order to murder then and harvest their vital organs. The lucrative, underground business of livers, lungs and eyes to ... continue reading


MASSIVE ACID SPILL: Mexico closes 88 schools after 10 million gallons of acid spills from copper mine Watch

Image of Officials are working to de-acidify the two rivers by adding heaps of calcium to the water. Acid levels are dropping, Mexico's National Water Commission said, but the water is still not totally safe.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An ecological disaster of momentous proportion is unfolding near the U.S. - Mexico border after a massive acid spill from a copper mine has found its way into waterways. Up to 5,000 school children will be kept out of 88 schools for a week as 800,000 people ... continue reading


The new favorite weapon of the drug cartels has arrived in America -- and it will shock you Watch

Image of Mexican soldiers with hundreds of bricks of marijuana, which is about to be burned.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Mexican drug cartels are utilizing a deadly military weapon to keep local residents in terror and protect drug stockpiles. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Authorities on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border say that the cartels are using the grenades. Four live ... continue reading


THREE DEAD: relatives of Pope Francis die in traffic accident in Argentina Watch

Image of According to newspaper accounts, the 38-year-old nephew of the Pope was driving the family's Chevrolet when he collided with an agricultural truck bearing corn in Cordoba.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Three members of Pope Francis' extended family, including two young grand-nephews, have died in a traffic accident. The Pope's nephew, Horacio Bergoglio Emanuel was critically injured in crash. Emanuel's wife, Valeria Carmona, and their two children, ... continue reading


Priest jailed in El Salvador for gang rehabilitation! Watch

Image of Father Antonio Rodriguez a Spanish Passionist also known as Padre Tono, was arrested for bringing cell phones to gang members held inside prison.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Father Antonio Rodriguez, a Spanish Passionist, will remain in jail after a judge in El Salvador ruled that he was guilty of various crimes regarding gang activities. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Rodriguez, also known as Padre Tono, is well known for ... continue reading


Elderly priest, suspended for involvement in Nicaraguan revolution, reinstated by Pope Watch

Image of Father Miguel D'Escoto's involvement in Nicaraguan politics ran counter to the church ban on clergy holding government positions. He was suspended by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Father Miguel D'Escoto, 29 years after he was suspended from priestly duties for his involvement in Nicaragua's revolutionary government in the Seventies has been reinstated by Pope Francis. The 81-year-old priest had sent a written request to the Vatican that ... continue reading


Honduran Cardinal gives Israel, Hamas advice - which he himself should follow Watch

Image of Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga has offered advice to the Middle East, that he himself should apply to his home nation of Honduras.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, the president of Caritas Internationalis has suggested that Israeli and Hamas leaders pick up a pair of binoculars so they could see that "most of your victims are innocent people." As we shall see, ... continue reading


Vatican suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese after accusations of sexual misconduct Watch

Image of The accused priest, Father Carlos Urrotigoity -- who is identified by the Scranton, Pennsylvania diocese as a

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Following allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of a priest, the Vatican has suspended ordinations at a Paraguay archdiocese pending an investigation. A priest at the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay had been previously deemed a "serious threat to ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 Day after day I shall bless you, I shall praise ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51
42 'So stay awake, because you do not know the day ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 28th, 2014 Image

St. Augustine of Hippo
August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter