Farmers and small-scale miners in Southern Bolivar province
are in a pinch. Palm oil
conglomerates and international mining firms have set their sights on
where the farmers and miners have lived and worked for decades. Land
titling, along with other basic
civil government functions, has never been established here. Military
bases dot the region. Paramilitary groups carry out selective
assassinationsâ€”about one every day or two.