Macabre find in Colombia: Secret tomb with the remains of 26 people

Searching for the body of a woman who went missing in 1995, forensic experts found the remains of 26 strangers in a secret mass grave in Bogota. Colombia, as announced yesterday Monday the US embassy, ​​which supports the prosecutor in this task.

A total of 26 people were buried.

He did not specify where exactly the secret mass grave is located in Bogota, a city indelibly marked by the civil war that has been raging in the country for almost sixty years, although less than parts of the province, as noted by AMPE.

After decades of violence, some 120,000 people are missing in the Andes, that is, almost four times as many as those “disappeared” by the dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil and Chile in the 20th century, according to the Research Unit on Missing Persons.

Throughout the armed conflict, human rights abuses are committed by all parties involved – far-left rebel organizations, far-right paramilitary groups, the army, law enforcement, gangs…

The prosecutor’s office did not announce details of yesterday’s findings. He simply told the press that “the remains were taken to a genetics laboratory for the identification process” to determine who the victims were.

The USA, which fund the fight against drug trafficking, also provide technical support to the Colombian prosecutor’s office in locating and identifying those missing in the civil war.

“The purpose of the technical assistance is to enhance the ability to locate and identify secret graves, bring those responsible to justice, determine the circumstances of the deaths and hand them over to surviving relatives,” the embassy said.

The complicated Civil War which broke out in Colombia in 1958 has cost the lives of more than 260,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, not counting the 120,000 “missing”, while more than seven million people have been displaced, according to data from the National Center for Historical Memory , public institution. These data do not include the dead of recent years.

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