Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"Armados" in Chilamate



An armed group of is terrorizing the community of Chilamate Kum. At least one of the members of this group previously was a volunteer policeman and had severely beaten a youth who was the nephew of a local religious leader. Two months ago they tracked down the same youth and killed him. They dress in camouflage carry assault rifles. They have threatened to kill anyone who denounces them.

If the police do decide to try to capture them, and if they do succeed in doing so, it is most likely that the perpetrators will be free with a few days and then return to the community looking for vengeance. The lack of institutional justice is always frustrating, but it is tragic when you know the people involved.