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Paramilitary activity: ‘Government must recognise problem and fight it’

Miguel Choza Fernández of the International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia (OIDHACO) speaks to Emma Newbery about the growth in paramilitary activity and some of the other threats to creating a lasting peace.
Peace process deadlines

Peace process deadlines extended as new timetable announced

When the peace accord was signed six months ago, it set out an ambitious timeline for the laying down of arms and re-integration of FARC members into society. Now the peace process deadlines have been extended, our expert Veronika Hölker looks at the new plan.
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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.

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.
Fito Páez, FILBo 2017

FILBo 2017 in review

For two weeks, the city was awash with letters and words – spoken, written and even painted on walls – of all shapes and sizes and in all kinds of languages. With talks, book signings, music and a host of cultural celebrations, our team scurried from pavilion to post to bring you the best of FILBo 2017.
FILBo 2017

Somos libros at FILBo 2017

As Corferias throws open its doors for almost two weeks of bookish action, there’s talks, authors, cultural celebrations and of course books galore. Our team is on the ground to bring you the best of FILBo 2017.
FILBo 2017

FILBo 2017

Bookworms that we are, we open the pages of FILBo 2017 and say bonjour to the continent’s biggest celebration of reading. This year it's celebrating 30 years, and we ask how to get the most out of the region’s biggest book fair? Christopher Outlaw gets some expert opinions.
Activists Colombia, Activists deaths

Colombian activists hit hardest by spiralling violence

As Colombian activists, human rights workers, and community leaders continue to be attacked throughout the country, Emma Newbery looks at the causes they are fighting for.
Mocoa

Emergency relief efforts continue in Mocoa

Four days after the landslide that devastated Putumayo’s capital, Mocoa, the dead are being returned to their families.

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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.
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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.
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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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