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Dismemberment and Displacement in Buenaventura (Full Length)

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The coastal city of Buenaventura is Colombia’s most violent city. There, two rival gangs — La Empresa and Los Urabeños, both successors of paramilitary groups — fight for control, with the city’s 400,000 residents caught in the middle.

According to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, more than 50,000 of Buenaventura’s residents have been forced to flee their homes since 2011 out of fear of extortion, death threats, or forced gang recruitment. Adding to the pervasive fear are accounts of mutilated body parts found washed up along nearby shores — discards from the grimly-named “chopping houses,” where victims are dismembered alive.

VICE News traveled to Buenaventura to meet with security forces, government officials, crime reporters, gang members, and victims, to try to understand why this city on Colombia’s Pacific coast has became so violent, and what’s being done about it.

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33 thoughts on “Dismemberment and Displacement in Buenaventura (Full Length)

  1. en buenaventura, se utiliza la estrategia del terror, descuartizando y asesinando gente, para obligar a la poblacion pobre a desplazarse, a abandonar sus hogares, para poder llevar acabo mega proyectos en esa zona, como es el malecon, y solo es posible desplazando a toda esta gente!!

  2. Hermanos/este es un llamado a la iluminación de todos mis herederos africanos hermanos y sistren de brasil, colombia, y el carribean! gtg2800 es serio sobre el alcance que he hecho hasta ahora con mis hermanos y sistren! escucha
    a mis camaradas hermanos "profesor de verdad negra y dr.umar johnson" a
    lo que son mis camaradas que me llevaron a la "Iluminación" del "Lugar
    Sumergido"! RIPto Nat Turner, Dr.Neely Fuller,
    Dr.Frances Cres-Welsing, Dr.Khalid Muhammud, Marcus Garvey, Malcomn X,
    Camarada Huey Newton, Camarada Fred Hampton, Camarada Bobby Hutton,
    Camarada, Geranimo Pratt y Honorable Camarada George Jackson nuestros 276 hermanos! ¡Wauzi Uhuru!

  3. The truth is that it is the Colombian military and its associated paramilitaries that are dismembering and torturing people to death in Buenaventura and elsewhere in Colombia, the most right-wing country in Latin America and the most dominated by its US-funded military and paramilitaries, a.k.a. death squads. They are notorious for massacring hundreds of people gruesomely and then putting left-wing and liberal-identified clothes on them and blaming it on gangs or guerrillas or leftists or whatever. That is the real root of violence in Colombia, not gang warfare. It's the same story in Guatemala and Honduras, other ultra-violent countries that have been made into right-wing hells by the US.

  4. The saddest most pathetic part of all of this is this video is about poverty and gangs and violence ripping families apart and all any of the morons watching this can pick up on is that "black" people live in Columbia like it's blowing their minds. I just lost whatever hope for humanity I had left. Who gives a shit what color their skin is. We all bleed the same when we're murdered and dismembered….hate to break it to the ignorant idiots out there but yea. AND NO ONE DESERVES THAT! (except the bastards who do it to everyone else).

  5. Im hispanic an mentioning race is not even a thing in my mind i just see poor people living in a fucked up area i feel bad an pist how so many people comment awful things regarding their skin color.

  6. Funny how when there's shooting in the US, they blame guns and guns are the problem. Here they don't blame machetes. As the chief said, decayed society is the root cause of all this. No police/anti-gun in the US will agree with him.

  7. Jesus Fucking Christ, this comment section is atrocious, So many Keyboard racist warriors here. violence is a part of the human race, all racist here literally are the cancer that's destroying this world, Congratulations……….

  8. Can they send Pompilio Castillo to me, I want to save him. lol All jokes aside, it's so heartbreaking to see them living like that. They still have hope as long as they have people like the Castillo family. People can't wait for the government to fix it, we have to do it ourselves. To the ignorant people in the comments, kick rocks. You are apart of the problem and not the solution. They only thing your comments show is how little you think of yourselves. If there wasn't something truly great about black people, society wouldn't go to such great lengths to keep us down. To the young black people, you are beautiful, brilliant and capable of changing your world. Use the shoulders of these haters as steps to get to the top.
    One Love

  9. about 19 minutes in – how about developing that area and making it nice, but in stead of doing it to attract tourists, they do it for the people already living there?  isn't that what government should be doing?  improving the lives of the citizens of the country? 
    and then may be the government could raise the wages of the working class so that they don't have to turn to crime to begin with.  and may be once the peoples' living conditions are improved and they're making better money, the economy will be come better.  you don't need tourists from other countries to generate income if you manage your own country right.  politicians are idiots. 

  10. Didnt know that +VICE Was here in my town. Great story coverage. Even the national news havnt done this kind of news report. Is all clear there, For those who wants to know about the situation in this town. We need a lot of support from private companies in and out of the conuntry. for educate the kids and make them better human beings. most of The kids here grow up thinking that "Killing and Chopping" is a better way to succeed that go to college and get a job. and thats really sad.

    If someone, Anyone who read this can support with some studying material, Scolarships, some things that help our kids and our culture to change and grown up. Because thats our future, Our kids. So, if anyone just can read this and support this cause, that will be really aprecciated.

    Sorry for the bad grammar.

  11. (The Realist) its obvious u dont know the history of the Caucasian "urself" u urself wrote go read . Barbarians from the mountains of Europe!  the only reason blacks are acting this way now in this time is due to the long and vicious war physical and mental on them> u the Caucasian made the world wat it is blacks re the only ppl being oppressed .the only race slaved until now its still happening.
    if whites where so civilized why is the world in this chaos demonic violent structure . simple psychological" if the rulers r rapist ,murderers thefts what u expect the populous to bee    "   research the brutality of slavery or even ur own tribal conflicts < its merely over a few yrs you ppl knew what a toilet was r even a bathroom.

  12. @CeeZy Boy (The Realist) its obvious u dont know the history of the Caucasian "urself" u urself wrote go read . Barbarians from the mountains of Europe!  the only reason blacks are acting this way now in this time is due to the long and vicious war physical and mental on them> u the Caucasian made the world wat it is blacks re the only ppl being oppressed .the only race slaved until now its still happening.
    if whites where so civilized why is the world in this chaos demonic violent structure . simple psychological" if the rulers r rapist ,murderers thefts what u expect the populous to bee    "   research the brutality of slavery or even ur own tribal conflicts < its merely over a few yrs you ppl knew what a toilet was r even a bathroom.
    Europe does not have any resources "reseaarch" thats y the continue to steal Africans resources and manipulate the continent with RELIGION , war and diseases? all diseases where made by the Caucasians to destroy black ppl .
    the facts s their u talking about these ppl  who where taken to the west brainwashed and has no concept of themself of culture ?acting the way they were taught to following the social order of the white ruling class?
    all u racist ppl need to educate yourselfs  

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