Alka-Seltzer and Tarzan: Colombia’s Wayúu change names via deed poll
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Alka-Seltzer and Tarzan: Colombia’s Wayúu change names via deed poll

While drought has plagued Colombia’s Guajira department this year, causing nationwide concern, another issue of a different kind is finally being tackled.

Thanks to a deed poll day, held in the Maicao municipality, many of the region’s indigenous Wayúu population are finally able to change their names. One man, named Bombón some 20 years ago has finally been able to change his name legally to Wilson Rafael Epinayú.

Some 17 mobile units have been active in the department since November 17, providing the community with the chance to change their name prior to acquiring their national ID card. It is hoped that an opportunity to make these changes will preserve the dignity and identity of centuries of Wayúu lineage, El Tiempo reports.

Alka-Seltzer, Tarzan and Mariguana are just some of the names that authorities have encountered.

To date, 182 national ID cards have been issued.

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