Some years ago, I was working in a place known to host very violent armed groups.
All of the sudden, while standing with some of the children we were working with, we heard tree, four shots. “They killed three people, they killed three people”, some kids warned.
A little girl next to me started crying. Her mother, perhaps also afraid herself, shouted: “Why are you crying, girl, they have just shot some people, that´s all”.
Days later, I told this story to another colleague, who was from this area, and I asked him, “does these killings happen very often”?
“No”, he said, casually. “It is not that bad, it is just every month”.
I have thought of this tragedy often when I have worked in complex situations of violence and political oppression. [Read more…]