The biggest human rights scandal in years is developing in Colombia. The largest mass grave unearthed in Colombia was discovered by accident last year just outside a Colombian Army base in La Macarena, a rural municipality located in the Department of Meta just south of Bogota. The grave was discovered when children drank from a nearby stream and started to become seriously ill. These illnesses were traced to runoff from what was discovered to be a mass grave. The fact that this grave was discovered just outside a Colombian military base overseen by U.S. military advisers — the U.S. having around 600 military advisers in that country — is especially troubling, and raises serious questions about the U.S.’s own conduct in that country. This calls into greater question the propriety of President Obama’s agreement with President Alvaro Uribe last summer to grant the U.S. access to 7 military bases in that country.
Title: U.S. and Colombia Cover Up Atrocities through Mass Graves
News sources: The Huffington post, April 03, 2010
Author: Dan Kovalik
Researcher: Helen Kitilla,
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julie Andrzejewski
St. Cloud State University