Colombia’s National Organization of Indigenous People (ONIC) is reporting that several members of the AwÃ¡ indigenous community have been massacred by an unidentified armed group in the municipality of Tumaco, near the Pacific coast in the southwestern department of NariÃ±o. The death toll, estimated in the first communique at eight, has been revised upward to 12, five of them children.
On February 4 of this year, over 20 AwÃ¡ people were massacred in the municipality of Barbacoas, NariÃ±o. The crime was attributed to the FARC, which claimed responsibility for eight of the killings.
Today, August 26, 2009, at 5:00 AM a new massacre took place in the AwÃ¡ indigenous community. The acts occurred in the Gran Rosario indigenous reserve, in Tumaco municipality.
According to information received, men dressed in military uniforms, without insignia and wearing masks, fired indiscriminately at the house of an AwÃ¡ family. As a consequence of this macabre act, approximately eight members of the AwÃ¡ people were murdered. According to information received, three children ages 1, 8 and 10 are dead. Mrs. Tulia GarcÃa and her two children were killed. She was a witness to the death of her husband, Mr. Gonzalo RodrÃguez, on May 23, 2009, who it seems was killed by the army.