Buenaventura: Dismemberment and Displacement

The city of Buenaventura lies along the Pacific coast of Columbia, it is home to the most important port in the country which handles about 60% of the countries imports and exports, despite this for decades Buenaventura has been one of the most impoverished cities especially the coastal region where the population settled decades ago building stilt elevated slums above the water. While the rest of the country has become much safer and the economy along with tourism has boomed Buenaventura has become the most violent city in all of Columbia with a 42% increase in homicide in the past two years but the violence . There is a gruesome undertone to these murders, in the past 3 years alone 26 people have been found carefully dismembered with their remains abandoned in the waters of the coastal region.

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