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Stories about Colombia

26 September 2016

What Will Happen to Colombia's Youth in the Aftermath of War?

"I'm a direct victim of war and armed conflict. Yet if I have to give my hand to the murderers, I'm ready to do so because I believe in forgiveness."

21 September 2016

The Role of Hashtags in a Country Searching for Peace

"The fact that the war in Colombia also takes place on social media is an undeniable truth," writes Renata Cabrales.

2 September 2016

Can the End of War Mean the Beginning of Peace in Colombia?

After more than fifty years of war, a divided Colombia will face a referendum next month on a peace agreement that could be a historic milestone.

29 August 2016

Can Colombia's Best Ever Olympics Help to Heal Social Fractures?

"One more triumph was given to us by these worthy Colombians, representatives of the very mistreated afrodescendants in this racist and segregated Colombia."

9 August 2016

Decades After Killings and Displacement, Afro-Colombians’ Struggle Isn’t Over

“Yesterday they displaced us, murdered us, and kidnapped us. Yesterday and today we are together holding hands with the world, resisting death, and resisting impunity.”

2 August 2016

The Successful Hunger Strike That Changed Colombia's University of Tolima

"The day I wake up without the will to change the world, will be the day the world has changed me."

22 July 2016

Colombian Truckers Have Stopped Moving, But Their Nationwide Strike Rolls On

The truck-driver and cargo-transporter unions in Colombia have been on strike since the first week of June 2016, delivering a significant blow to the national economy.

13 July 2016

‘Playing for Change’ Promotes Peace and Inclusion Around the World Through Music

"Throughout our journey we have learned that music is the greatest tool for healing broken countries, cultures and hearts."

6 June 2016

The Amazing Stories of Las Lajas Sanctuary, the “Most Beautiful Church in the World”

In Colombia, the Las Lajas Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary is at the center of numerous visits and fantastic stories, celebrating the miraculous nature of the temple.

4 June 2016

Armed Men Reportedly Attack Colombian Opposition Leader, Jeopardizing Fragile Peace Talks

It's not perfectly clear why, but one of Colombia's left-wing leaders was shot out last month. She escaped unharmed, but the same can't be said for the country's peace talks.

1 June 2016

Colombia City Combines Gardening and Hip Hop to Revive Community

In one of the poorest areas of Colombia, people sing and cultivate collective memory and community empowerment.

25 May 2016

Health Crisis Provokes Protests in Medellín, Colombia

Demonstrators gathered in front of hospitals and health centers in Medellín last week, trying to pressure the authorities into addressing persistent and pervasive shortcomings in the local healthcare system.

23 May 2016

GV Face: Is That El Chapo on Your T-Shirt? The Glamorization of Violence in Latin America

GV Face

T-shirts, songs, fame, and even a Rolling Stones interview. Who wins and who loses in the glamorization of violence?

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

12 May 2016

Environmental Activists Warn Mining Is Putting Colombia's National Tree in Danger

"Perhaps the only way to see the wax palm in the future will be on stamps and banknotes #NoToMegaMiningInSalento"

9 May 2016

The Text Message That Stopped an Oil Exploration Project in Colombia

A text message drew one senator's attention to proposed oil exploration in ecological reserve La Macarena, which marked the start of movement against the project.

6 May 2016

‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community's Painful Past and Search for a Better Future

"We tell this story with great sadness, but we have to keep the memory alive. The memory must never be lost..."

The Fascinating History of Colombia's Currency, in 140 Characters or Less

On Twitter, @MonedasColombia shares facts about Colombia's currency. For example, did you know that 100 years ago, the National Bank released a 25 peso bill with a dog on it?

4 May 2016

Two Years Without Gabriel García Márquez: A Tribute

The Bridge

On meeting Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, and highlights from a discussion about the novelist at the 2016 International Congress of the Spanish Language.

28 April 2016

#MedeHollín: The Campaign Against Pollution That Changed the Name of a Colombian City

"No need for words. #Medehollin I'm so sorry, These people don't love you as much as they say."

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