Introduction: Women, War & Peace in Colombia

July 9, 2010

The War We Are Living takes viewers to Colombia, the country that has the largest number of internally displaced people in the world – an unfathomable 4 million people – most of them women and children. For half a century, war has raged in Colombia between leftist guerrillas fighting the state and right-wing paramilitaries that originally formed to protect landowners from the guerrillas. But the war changed fundamentally when both guerrillas and paramilitaries began to fund their war through narcotics trafficking. The fighting intensified for control of drug routes, resources and terrain, and it has claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives. We follow two women who are standing up for a generation of women who have suffered forced displacement as a strategy of war, as they struggle to save their region from an increasingly violent struggle to control its vast reserves of gold.