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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Colombia: nun shot dead
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 Sr Marta Inés Vélez, 44, was gunned down by two masked men on Sunday night at the Marcelino Shelter of Mothers Institute, in Mogotes. She was shot in the neck at point blank range and was rushed to hospital, but died on arrival. The Marcelini Shelter is home to 50 elderly people and 45 young women who are devastated by the murder. The Mayor of Mogotes, Norberto Tijo of Mogotes said: "The degree of violence we live in Colombia is terrible. This crime has definitely changed everyone's life in Mogotes because if they killed her, who worked only for the community, they can do anything to any one of us." Sr Marta represented religious communities at the Constitutional Municipal Assembly, created in Mogotes to promote the peace process. In 1998 the municipality won the Nobel Peace Prize. But in recent months, public law and order has broken down in the region, following the death of two peasant leaders. Recently more than 200 families staged a three-day demonstration to protest over the violence caused by fighting between different guerrilla factions.
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