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Stories about Colombia

14 November 2016

She Misses Being a Guerrilla, but This Former FARC Fighter Is Starting a New Life Back Home

Xiomara picked up a gun and joined the FARC at age 14. Like thousands of other women, she is now figuring out how to leave that life behind.

12 November 2016

Decision 2016: Assessing the Damage

The Bridge

"The political gains made under Obama will likely be reversed, as Trump has promised to repeal the accord with Cuba and renegotiate trade treaties which would affect" Latin American nations.

28 October 2016

After Rejecting the Peace Agreement, Colombia Seeks a New Path

"Who is going to go to the regions that voted for YES to explain to them what's the route to follow after the NO won in the national referendum?"

20 October 2016

Indigenous, Student and Afro Communities in Colombia Are Not Taking ‘No’ for an Answer

Communities from the most affected areas in Colombia's armed conflict took the streets of the capital to protest against the results of the referendum and support the peace agreement.

7 October 2016

“With a Nobel, but Without Peace”

The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Colombia's President Santos for his efforts to end a five decades-long civil war, with Syria's widely celebrated White Helmets missing out.

6 October 2016

Many Names, One Sweet Latin American Confection

Its name doesn't matter, it's an essential ingredient for confectionery. So much that alfajores are unimaginable without a spoonful of this sweet made out of milk.

5 October 2016

This Woman’s Voice Makes World History Intimate to Millions in Spanish

The radio programs of journalist and historian Diana Uribe give a fascinating take on history and today's global problems.

1 October 2016

Colombians Clash Online, Hoping to End the Country's Armed Conflict

After more than five decades of armed conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a peace settlement is finally at hand, if voters want it.

At the Bogotá Music Market, Young Musicians Talk About the Prospects for Peace

"This is a very tense time. Not even war-wise, but it became a tense social time. People going towards the 'yes,' people going towards the 'no.'"

28 September 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: We, the People

This week, we speak to our contributors Elizabeth Rivera, Giovanna Salazar and Juan Tadeo about popular discontent with politics in Mexico.

26 September 2016

Animations, TV Shows, and Personal Testimonies Help Colombians Understand the (Possible) End of Conflict

"Every time nations go through a peace process, humanity as a whole takes a step forward."

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.

20 September 2016

There’s a Teacher Roaming Rural Colombia Atop Two Donkeys, Bringing a Mobile Library to Children

"One day, teacher Luis decides to load his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, with books and takes them to remote areas for children who can't access them otherwise."

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."

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