EFEBy Irene Escudero Arquia, Colombia

The Tule, an indigenous group whose lands straddle the Colombian-Panamanian border region, are struggling to preserve their customs and way of life and fend off a decades-old threat posed by rightist paramilitary squads and their successors.

That people - also known as the Guna - occupy more than 2,800 hectares (10.8 square miles) of mountainous jungle near the Darien Gap, where they live in small timber-board houses with roofs made of tree branches.