In this photo taken June 22, 2011, Verbel brothers Elmer de Jesus, left, and Orlando, sit on their back porch of their parents' home in San Onofre, Colombia. Two of four Verbel brothers have been ... more 
In this photo taken June 22, 2011, Verbel brothers Elmer de Jesus, left, and Orlando, sit on their back porch of their parents' home in San Onofre, Colombia. Two of four Verbel brothers have been killed for publicly denouncing ties between far-right militias and local politicians and for refusing to sell their farm, which is on a key route traffickers use to smuggle cocaine to the Gulf of Morosquillo on the Caribbean coast. Orlando narrowly escaped with his life the March attack that claimed the life of his brother Eder. Activists worry that a new law that aims to redress victims of Colombia's long-running conflict and that President Juan Manuel Santos has made the centerpiece of his government lacks a crucial component: It does not provide adequate protection for such as the Verbels. ( AP Photo/Frank Bajak) less 
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Associated Press
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 2:19 PM EDT