Category: Focus on Colombia

36 Hours (and More) in Cartagena

I arrived in Colombia in August 2014 on a Fulbright grant to research La Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas (The League of Displaced Women), an organization formed in the late 90s in…

Voices from the Atrato River

A traditional panga boat with thirty passengers cruises the mighty waters of the Atrato River in the Pacific region of Colombia, doing a 142-mile route from Quibdó to…

A Nation Reconfigured by Displacement

English + Español
It was January 2004. Aurora was standing at the traffic light selling dish towels in the middle of a crowded Bogotá avenue. She was living with four of her eight children in…

A Communitarian Contestation

English + Español
We finally made it. In February 2008, after almost two days of long hours climbing the steep, muddy paths of the Serranía de Abibe mountain range, we got there at…

Learning about Hunger

t is difficult for a middle-class professor to think at length about displaced people’s hunger. The fact itself is pretty straightforward: after displacement, people are…

La Espina

The two of us, leading an Emerson College international program, had just finished three weeks of round-the-clock work making a short documentary film with community…


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