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Swapping Cocaine for Peace

Swapping Cocaine for Peace

A voluntary coca crop substitution initiative in Colombia is failing. It is still the country’s best option to address its cocaine production problem.
Colombian Farc dissident, who shot dead three Ecuadoreans, killed

Colombian Farc dissident, who shot dead three Ecuadoreans, killed

Walter Arizala, aka Guacho, killed in a police and military operation near border with EcuadorColombian armed forces have killed a Marxist insurgent commander in an operation aimed at ending his
El Chapo got wiretapped because the cartel’s IT guy screwed up

El Chapo got wiretapped because the cartel’s IT guy screwed up

“Don Jorge, your… your… your brother is very upset with me because he says that it’s my fault that there’s no communication.”
Colombia's hidden victims finally get their day in court

Colombia's hidden victims finally get their day in court

A new special tribunal, a provision of the 2016 peace deal, is forcing the country to reckon with the sexual violence of its pastFulvia Chungana says she still carries the stench of the man who raped
Justice for Colombia peace negotiator | Letters

Justice for Colombia peace negotiator | Letters

MPs and trades union officials call for Jesús Santrich’s rights to be restored and ask the UK government to support Colombia in implementing the peace deal with Farc rebelsWe are concerned at the
This Photographer Captured the World of Cocaine Farmers in Colombia

This Photographer Captured the World of Cocaine Farmers in Colombia

Deep in the Colombian jungle, Mads Nissen documented the day-to-day lives of people involved in the production and trade of coke and cannabis.
The Women Abandoned by Peace

The Women Abandoned by Peace

Victims of sexual violence and forced abortion during Colombia’s long years of conflict have yet to see justice.
‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings

‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings

Two years after the end of the guerrilla war that killed 220,000, other players have moved in on the drugs trade, with poor local children now being bribed to take up armsIn a schoolhouse in Cabeceras
Colombian activists face 'extermination' by criminal gangs

Colombian activists face 'extermination' by criminal gangs

Nearly two years after the signing of a historic peace agreement, violence in the country continuesEnrique Fernández cannot remember the last night he slept peacefully.He is tall and heavyset, and
Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers

Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers

Of the five presidential elections Colombia has held since 2002, Senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez has now won four: two under his own name, and two more on behalf of his hand-picked candidates. Yesterday,
Colombia's new right-wing president could destroy the fragile peace process

Colombia's new right-wing president could destroy the fragile peace process

His stated aim to rewrite terms of the FARC peace deal may drive some former militants to take up arms again.
Iván Duque wins election to become Colombia's president

Iván Duque wins election to become Colombia's president

Conservative opponent of Farc peace process wins long and divisive campaignColombia has chosen Iván Duque, a conservative neophyte, to be its next president after a long and divisive campaign that
Inside Colombia’s rebel region as the country votes on its future

Inside Colombia’s rebel region as the country votes on its future

“We don't want to be stuck in the middle of a war again.”
Peace Pact in the Balance As Colombians Vote

Peace Pact in the Balance As Colombians Vote

Sunday’s election is widely seen as a referendum on the historic peace accord with the FARC.
Peace has come to Colombia but poverty remains –  in pictures

Peace has come to Colombia but poverty remains – in pictures

As Colombia votes in a presidential runoff election on Sunday Colombians daily struggles in the aftermath of 50 years of conflict are captured by the Danish photographer Mads Nissen, who has
Colombia elections: rightwinger and former guerrilla head for presidential runoff

Colombia elections: rightwinger and former guerrilla head for presidential runoff

Iván Duque, a fierce critic of the peace accord, will face-off against former mayor of Bogotá Gustavo Petro in second roundColombians have failed to elect a president outright, setting the stage for a
Colombians vote for new president in wake of Farc peace process

Colombians vote for new president in wake of Farc peace process

Sunday’s presidential election comes after race dominated by a rightwing hardliner and a former rebelColombia is heading to the polls to choose a president in an election that could prove decisive for
How a Former Guerrilla Leader’s U.S. Extradition Threatens Colombia’s Fragile Peace

How a Former Guerrilla Leader’s U.S. Extradition Threatens Colombia’s Fragile Peace

Colombia’s presidential elections on Sunday are the first since the end of the war
Colombia discovers the art of keeping young people off the streets

Colombia discovers the art of keeping young people off the streets

After a failed peace pact raised the spectre of gang violence, music and dance have thrown the youth of Colombia’s Chocó region a lifeline A rat skitters through the prison cell where Harold Cuesta
Colombian army killed thousands more civilians than reported, study claims

Colombian army killed thousands more civilians than reported, study claims

‘These were cold-blooded murders’: research finds over 10,000 were killed to boost numbers for military aid in ‘false positives’ scandalGloria Astrid Martínez last saw her son on the morning of 8