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Bogotá Works: Beauticians

In this edition of Bogotá Works, we speak to two young women who devote their days to beauty. Jesi and Paola work as beauticians in a newly opened salon in Chapinero, in their first full-time jobs after training. They tell Laura Sharkey about the highlights and lowlights of life in the salon.
Mocoa Colombia Landslides

Mocoa: Preventing future disaster

The disaster that cost hundreds of lives in Mocoa was far from an isolated event. Gerald Barr looks at the tragic history of landslides in Colombia and what isn’t being done to prevent them in the future.
Mocoa

Daily life in Mocoa: One month and counting

Mocoa resident Rocío Ortiz discusses the day-to-day struggles to rebuild and move on after landslides destroyed much of Putumayo’s capital city.
Leo Rua, Día de la Afrocolombianidad, Afro-Colombian Day

Día de la Afrocolombianidad – Turning the tables on race

Let’s suppose that the world’s history was the other way round and we were to celebrate – not Día de la Afrocolombianidad – but a Día de la Eurocolombianidad (Colombians of European descent) instead.
Wilson Borja, Día de la Afrocolombianidad, Afro-Colombian Day

Wilson Borja: Artivismo – where art and activism meet

As part of our special on Día de la Afrocolombianidad, artist Wilson Borja chats to Phoebe Hopson about using his craft to express his political views, and the whitening and appropriation of black culture.

Reflections on Afro-Colombian culture

As the month dedicated to highlighting some of the achievements and challenges faced by Afro-Colombian kicks off, ChocQuibTown singer Goyo and activist Edna Liliana Valencia Murillo chat to Laura Brown about being black in Colombia.
Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartad

Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó: The end is...

Leaders in the Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó, in one of Colombia’s deadliest conflict zones, tell Penelope Glass they are facing more, not less, violence.
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Bogotá Works: Álvaro the fruit seller

Every day, whether you think of it or not, you’ll come into contact with a whole range of workers – from the TransMilenio driver to the stall-owner who serves your morning tinto. This new column is dedicated to finding out more about their lives, their backgrounds and the things they want you to know about them. In this edition, Álvaro, who has been working as a fruit seller in Bogotá since he moved to the city 21 years ago after having been displaced by the violence in his hometown of Tumaco, speaks to Laura Sharkey.
Minuto de Dios Bogotá

Minuto de Dios: A neighbourhood steeped in history

A visit to Bogotá’s far-flung contemporary art museum reveals an interesting look at the working-class barrio of Minuto de Dios. Chris Erb and Eduardo Cote explore the surroundings.
Carlos Duque, Libertad Incondicional

Libertad Incondicional: Photos with the power to set people free

A unique photographic project gives prisoners the chance to imagine themselves against a different backdrop. Phoebe Hopson speaks to the people behind Libertad Incondicional – renowned adman Carlos Duque, and head of Cifras & Conceptos, César Caballero.

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Reading in English: A guide for learners

Reading is a significant part of the language and reading in English is particularly useful, much more than speaking or listening, because of the massive quantity of literature available. Oliver Pritchard’s guide to reading will have you finding good texts and reading between the lines like a pro.
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Police targets of plan pistola

Plan pistola sees cash bounties offered for the murders of police officers. In his latest column, Gerald Barr looks at the motives behind such attacks and how the police are responding.
Santa Fe Bogotá

A portrait of Santa Fe

Once a prestigious district, home to poets, intellectuals, traders and merchants, Santa Fe is now a red light zone, home instead to strip clubs, sex workers and brothels. Fayida Jailler speaks to two artists who are working to capture the realities of Santa Fe, an area that has become synonymous with sex.
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La Niña: Life after war

La Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to director Rodrigo Triana.
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Colombian strikes hold up country

Less than halfway through the year, Colombia has seen a significant number of civil and union strikes across the territory, with teachers’ strikes in major cities and civil action in Chocó and Buenaventura.
Otello Teatro Colón

The voices of Otello

As Verdi’s classic opera, Otello arrives to the Teatro Colón in Bogotá, Phoebe Hopson catches up with some of the stellar cast.

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