How one internally displaced Colombian found himself caught between rebels and paramilitaries — and how he suffered for it.
Colombia’s enormous population of internally displaced people is incredibly diverse, but all are subject to violence and degradation on a daily basis.
The agreement signed by Colombia and the United States may drive impoverished farmers to grow coca and strengthen FARC.
On July 2, 2008, when three American private contractors and Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt were rescued after being held for more than five years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the world was captivated by their personal narratives. But between the headlines a major story was lost: Who exactly are the FARC? How had a drug-funded revolutionary army managed to hold so many hostages for so long?
In seven days, the Andean region went from the brink of war to a grudging peace. But as columnist Laura Carlsen reports, all is still not well.
The Latin American state has lost its monopoly on violence. U.S. economic and political policies have only made matters worse.
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