The Long Journey Home: A Colombian Story of Land Restitution

The 2016 delivery of a land restitution sentence brought little solace to the residents of Chengue (Northern Colombia), but when government agencies began delivering on orders, despair turned to joy and inspired a party in this forgotten village. In the region of Montes de Maria, violent factions perpetrated more than 50 massacres displacing more than 200,000 people between 2000 and 2008. In June 2017, Colombia’s National Land Agency, as a result of the work done by the local Land Restitution Unit and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered property titles for 27 properties of victims of the massacre in Chengue.

Learn more about USAID’s Land and Rural Development Project in Colombia.