An Indigenous Guard is pictured in the municipality of Toribio, Cauca department, Colombia [Luis Robayo/AFP]
Jambalo, Cauca, Colombia – Since he was a teenager, Edinson Quiguanas has helped patrol the roadside checkpoints on the outskirts of his Indigenous village in rural Colombia. This time, his orders are different: no one enters and no one leaves.
“Before, we protected the community by watching for armed groups,” he said. “Now the threat is something you can’t see.”
Colombian President Ivan Duque ordered a nationwide lockdown that began on March 24 to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 5,142 people and infected 233.
Indigenous groups, faced with their own challenges and risks in fighting COVID-19, are taking matters into their