Jhon Jairo Martinez was a church leader in Córdoba, northwest Colombia, a hilly area where most locals scratched out a living as subsistence farmers. In 1996, combat between the paramilitary and left-wing guerrillas first forced him and his 45-family community to flee their farms, joining Colombia’s displaced population of more than 4 million. Two years later the community, unlike so many of the displaced, was relocated in the vicinity by the government’s too-often inactive land reform agency.
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