12 Facts About Afro-Colombians


Afro-Colombians'storians note that three of every five soldiers in Simon Bolivar's army were African.

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Afro-Colombians were able to participate at all levels of military and political life.

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Afro-Colombians are concentrated on the northwest Caribbean coast and the Pacific coast in such departments as Choco, whose capital, Quibdo, is 95.

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In Colombia's ongoing internal conflict, Afro-Colombians are both victims of violence and displacement as well as members of armed factions, such as the FARC and the AUC.

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Ever since Afro-Colombians arrived in Colombia in the first decade of the 16th century, they have been considered a minority group by the Colombian government, exposing them to discrimination and inequality.

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However, Afro-Colombians continue to protest for their rights and demand equality between themselves and all non-Afro Colombians in certain social aspects.

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Afro-Colombians are a significant portion of Colombia's overall population, yet they are one of the poorest ethnic groups of the country.

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Afro-Colombians are segregated and live in all 19 sectors of the city, which are sectors with the two lowest stratum classification such as designations, Bosa, Kennedy, and Ciudad Bolivar, which are situated very far away from Zona Rosa, a city full of nightlife and entertainment.

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For instance, Afro-Colombians are prevented from getting into some nightclubs and restaurants.

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Territories that are occupied by minority groups such as indigenous groups and Afro-Colombians are typically the poorest and therefore seen as the easiest areas to invade.

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Recent study conducted by the London School of Economics revealed that Afro-Colombians are at an extreme disadvantage in terms of being healthy when compared to the rest of the Colombian population.

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The fact that Afro-Colombians are much poorer than the rest of the Colombian population is one of the main reasons that they are in a position of disadvantage when it comes to seeking health care services and being healthy in general.

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