This song was produced during a USAID and Ayara Foundation youth empowerment and outreach activity called “Tu Tierra, Mi Tierra, Nuestro Territorio. (Your land. My land. Our territory.)” The activity fostered ethnic pride; taught youth in conflict-affected areas of Colombia about land rights, collective territories, and land restitution; and empowered them to express themselves peacefully through hip-hop. The adolescents co-wrote and produced music about their experiences with conflict, displacement, and violence and their hopes for peace and reconciliation in their communities. These activities cultivated a cohort of 75 young leaders who will now disseminate land-rights concepts and advocate on behalf of their communities.
For more videos from USAID’s Land and Rural Development Program, visit their YouTube channel.