Bendicion de Dios’ growth from 2017 to 2019 can be seen in this timelapse from Google Earth Pro. Migrant settlements like these are emerging all across Colombia, especially near the Venezuelan border.
Torre de la Majayura is a migrant settlement built over an old airport tower. In barely over a year, the community has grown almost sixfold, with the number of families jumping from an initial 60 families to 340 as of May 2019.
Another informal settlement, also named Bendicion de Dios, exists in an empty lot behind a local university. Because their area is prone to flooding, residents fear being displaced whenever it rains.