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Afro-Colombian Hair Dressing Competition, Vibrant Styles Poignant History

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AFRICANGLOBE - Few hairdressing contests anywhere in the world could be as colourful as this one in Colombia. Women and girls of all ages sat patiently as brightly coloured fabrics and beads were weaved into their hair during the ninth Afro-hairdressers’ competition in Cali.

Afro-Colombians Targeted by Guerrillas and Government Forces

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On November 13, 2012, paramilitary groups issued a death threat against leaders of all the prominent Afro-Colombian groups. Calls by advocacy groups to protect them were dismissed by the Colombian government. Then on December 1, Miller Angulo of Tumaco, a prominent Afro-Colombian leader affiliated with the human rights organization AFRODES, was murdered.
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