JFC Project Partner Dies

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Justice for Colombia wishes to express its sorrow at the death of Jimena Buenahora. Ms Buenahora died on Tuesday, January 22nd 2008 from illness. At the time of her death she was working for the 'Permanent Committee for the Defence of Human Rights' (CPDH), the oldest human rights organisation in Colombia. Part of her role was to implement the JFC project that the CPDH manages to assist victims of torture.

The project, which is financially supported by various British organisations, gives psychological assistance to trade unionists, social leaders and their families who been forcibly displaced to the cities, after having been the victims of torture and other forms of violence. Some have witnessed the murder of their relatives. Ms Buenahora was a psychologist and was involved in implementing the project and giving post-trauma therapy to these people.

Various JFC delegations that have visited Colombia in recent years met with Ms Buenahora to hear from her about the progress and success of the project. Delegates were always very moved to hear how it had successfully changed the lives of many who have suffered immeasurably.

JFC sends our deepest sympathies to everyone at CPDH and Ms Buenahora's family.

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