This video from Women, War & Peace explains how the legal struggles of Cauca and La Toma began 10 years ago when Héctor Sarria was granted a license to mine gold in the mountain. In early 2010 he sped up his plan to begin mining. According to Sarria, his license says there are no indigenous communities in La Toma, despite the fact that Afro-Colombians have lived and worked there for generations. Sarria requested and was granted the right to evict any Afro-Colombian miners working in La Toma—1,300 families whose livelihoods depend on mining face eviction.
Learn more about the documentary Women, War & Peace: The War We Are Living.