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Peace Circle in an Indigenous Community in Costa Rica.

Castillo Vargas, Sara
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) Paper from “The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2,” the IIRP’s 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

Conte Burica is one of the indigenous territories of Costa Rica most
difficult to access. This is due to the poor road conditions, only
accessible during the dry seasons by four-wheel drive vehicle, and to
the distance that separates it from more greatly populated areas. Its
location, in the extreme south of the country – on a narrow point
adjacent to Panama – makes it easier to access by ocean or through
the neighbouring country. The steep and extreme geography of tall
mountains and cliffs that drop down to the ocean and crumble on
extensive and hidden beaches, makes access to services more difficult
and complicated; without exception the administration of justice. The
situation is aggravated by the fact that the population has very few
resources, and lives on subsistence agriculture. (excerpt)


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