Latest posts by Marco Sarmiento
Colombian social networks rally behind a local street poet fined for ‘trafficking poems’
Jesús Espicasa's story made waves on Colombian social networks, sparking a nationwide debate about the role of poetry in public life.
Granada, Colombia: An Emblem of War and Peace
"...we knew that the guerrillas or the paramilitaries were going to come in, so we all ran with mats, thermoses with sugar cane water, packages of saltine crackers..."
‘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."
An Argentinian Animator Reimagines the Game of Thrones Title Sequence for the Real World
"I saw the intro and the first thing I thought of was making an adapted version for my country".
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.
The ‘Urabá Diaries’ Lay Bare the Struggles and Hopes of Young People in Colombia's North
Stories of the Urabeños who, despite armed conflict, the government's indifference, and education systems lacking tolerance, refuse to let history define their future.
Marriage Equality Is Now Accepted by Colombia's Constitutional Court, but Still Not by All Colombians
"I respect other people's beliefs. You need to learn to respect those who think differently. Do you pray with that kind of language?"
How a Paramilitary Group Paralyzed Colombia’s North and Threatened the Peace Process
An "armed strike" ordered by the Úsuga Clan spread violence as well as fear over the return of paramilitarism in Colombia.