The black communities of the General Community Council of San Juan (ACADESAN), which represents hundreds of black families organized along the rivers of the southern department of Chocó, in the southern part of Colombia, are facing possible material dispossession of a portion of their territory, larger than a country like Malta.
Since 2012, the then company Desarrollo e Inversiones Progreso Verde —today, Eightfold Colombia—, has done its best to take over 32,450 hectares of a biodiverse paradise located in the municipality of Sipí. A piece of jungle where Afro-descendant families have lived for generations on the margins of state protection and their guarantees, and under the risk of an endless war.
Today, the title is entangled in a tangle of companies, lawyers and businessmen in Panama, the United States and Canada; but all the threads are woven around Daniel Alexander White, a Canadian businessman who carries on his back legal litigation, tax investigations and a discredited reputation in the way he does business.
The black communities of Sipí have resisted illegal armed groups, illicit economies, looting of mineral and forest resources, neglect by the State and, most recently, dispossession of their territory.View chapter
Before ending up in the hands of the company that today threatens to materially dispossess the black communities of ACADESAN, the title passed through several people who, apparently, simulated its legality.View chapter
For nine years, the company Desarrollo e Inversiones Progreso Verde (today Eightfold Colombia) has been seducing the black communities of the municipality of Sipí, especially Santa Rosa, with confusing projects.View chapter
A network of law firms and companies incorporated in Panama, the United States and Canada, support the possible legal and material plundering. A Canadian is at the head of this network: Daniel Alexander White.View chapter
It is in the hands of the agrarian authorities that the black communities of ACADESAN are not materially dispossessed. However, the community council denounces that there have been few actions to protect their ethno-territorial rights.View chapter