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Latest posts by Marco Sarmiento

26 March 2019

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.

24 February 2017

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..."

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."

27 June 2016

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".

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.

25 April 2016

The ‘Urabá Diaries’ Lay Bare the Struggles and Hopes of Young People in Colombia's North

Rising Voices

Stories of the Urabeños who, despite armed conflict, the government's indifference, and education systems lacking tolerance, refuse to let history define their future.

22 April 2016

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?"

14 April 2016

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.

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