Colombian FARC insurgents resort to gold mining

 

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), long known for abductions, narcotrafficking, and open combat with Colombian national security forces, are increasingly turning to gold mining as a source of income, according to a report from political risk firm Exclusive Analysis. Joining the FARC forces are a new narcotrafficking grouping referred to as 'Bacrim.' Speaking for Exclusive Analysis, Carlos Caicedo said in a statement, “FARC and drug gang involvement in gold mining increases extortion and property damage risks, particularly in Antioquia and Putumayo.” 
 
“Mining income has overtaken that from drug trafficking for FARC rebels in some provinces. The scant security force presence in some of these remote areas permits the FARC and Bacrims to latch on to this and often fight each other for the right to extort,” Caicedo continued. “It is a similar situation in Cauca, Chocó and Valle Del Cauca departments. There is also evidence of armed groups controlling coltan and tungsten operations in the eastern provinces of Vichada and Guainía,” he said. Coltan and tungsten are essential to industries such as specialized steel-making and electronics. The mining of coltan, which is a shortened form for columbite–tantalite, has fueled violence in other parts of the world, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
“The rail line between the Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira and its Caribbean port tends to be bombed by the FARC several times a year. Mining and power equipment at the site has also been targeted,” according to Caicedo.
 
In Colombia, the regional differentiation of risk is both acute and important. Foresight Location Analytics, pictured left, is a new mapping application available as part of the Foresight Suite that visualises risk at a resolution of 500 square metres, enabling users to differentiate violent risks worldwide to user-defined assets uploaded into the system (identified here as grey dots). 
 
 
Exclusive Analysis Ltd, was recently acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS). Based in London, it is a specialist intelligence company that forecasts commercially relevant political and violent risks worldwide. IHS is based in Englewood, Colorado.
 


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

Comments

Islamic Caliphate displays severed heads of its victims in Syria

The heads of as many as 50 prisoners of war, decapitated by Sunni adherents of the Caliphate, were displayed on sticks at Raqqa.

Chagas and chikungunya diseases spread in Texas

Chikungunya and Chagas disease are prevalent in Latin America. Visitors to those areas may be bringing it to the U.S. Dogs are a prime factor in spreading fatal Chagas infections.

After Israel, the next stop for Hamas is the Vatican

The Hamas terrorists have had no qualms about launching missiles at the holy city, Jerusalem, and the sites allegedly holy to Islam. So too they will have no qualms about attacking Rome.

Michigan subsidizes deer for wealthy landowners

Most deer reside on private land, according to Michigan's Department of Natural Resources, and thus need public money.

This page took 0.1289seconds to load