August 20, 2008
| Tagged as: Colombia, Americas, Humanitarian Response
The town of Sanchez, Colombia, lies right on the banks of the River Patia. The river, a major narco-trafficking highway, cuts through the Andes and leads out to the Pacific Ocean. It has historically been an epicenter of political violence. Controlled by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) until recently, the River Patia area has seen intense fighting between illegal armed groups since 2003, with a major massacre in 2006. To date, over 1,000 people are estimated to have been murdered along the river.