Tag: Colombia

December 1, 2011

Learning to Appreciate Moldy Bread

A Colombian congresswoman survives seven years captivity in the jungle.

November 8, 2011

Small Arms, Mass Destruction

Guns that can cost as little as a bag of rice are today’s weapons of mass destruction.

November 1, 2011

Santos’s Land Bill

First, Liria Rosa and Carmen Palencia lost their husbands to murder amidst the violence that engulfed the northwestern part of Colombia while it was under the control of right-wing paramilitaries. Then, they lost their land. Now, they’re risking their lives to get it back.

November 1, 2011

An Update from La Toma

With sky-rocketing gold prices, gold fever has hit Colombia, a country rich in mineral deposits, and a torrent of mining companies is sweeping across the country. But many of the areas they want to mine are the same ones where traditional miners have been mining for generations.

November 1, 2011

A Return to Bahia Portete

Colombia has the second largest population of internally displaced people in the world, after Sudan.

November 1, 2011

The War We Are Living

If you ask Colombia’s city dwellers and political class, they’ll tell you the 40-year-old civil war is over. But The War We Are Living reveals the “other” Colombia, in rural areas far away from the capital, where the war is all too real – and now the battle is over gold.

October 7, 2010

The World’s Most Famous Female Hostage

Ingrid Betancourt aspired to become Colombia’s first female president; instead, she became the world’s most famous female hostage. Here, she talks to Women, War & Peace about the many roles women play in Colombia’s long-running internal conflict.

September 29, 2010

The Next Generation of Threat in Colombia

While many have hailed President Alvaro Uribe’s efforts to end violence in Colombia as a success, a new breed of paramilitary groups is terrorizing Afro-Colombian minorities and indigenous groups.

September 10, 2010

Vanished From Justice: Colombia’s Paramilitary Leaders

Oriana Zill de Granados joined forces with ProPublica reporter Chisun Lee to expose the high degree of secrecy surrounding the U.S. federal drug cases against Colombia’s paramilitary leaders.

September 10, 2010

Colombian Victims of Paramilitary Violence Plead for Access to U.S. Justice System

Producers Jennifer Janisch and Oriana Zill de Granados, who are working on our Colombia episode, write about their investigation into U.S. drug cases against the leaders of Colombia’s paramilitary organization. Many of the court documents for these cases are secret, frustrating victims in Colombia who want to know the truth about their loved ones’ disappearances.