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Colombia

Colombia. Across the Magdalena River region.

The country has been the battleground of an undeclared civil war for more than 50 years. The conflict has involved also several guerrilla groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Colombian government and FARC rebels are currently holding peace talks in Havana. The Church promotes reconciliation and peace and the process of…

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Colombia. Gold fever

Gold fever has infected the Chocó region, one of the poorest in Colombia. A great opportunity for criminal gangs and paramilitary groups that make a good profit out of this, while the population is struggling to survive. The bishop of Istmina–Tado tries to help these people threatened by poverty and criminality. Monsignor Julio Hernando Garcia…

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Colombia: Drug cartel ‘miniaturization’

Colombia was home to legendary drug traffickers in the 90s, and despite the demise of several drug cartels in the 2000s, the area cultivated with coca in the country has not decreased, and considerable incomes have been earned from Colombian cocaine traffic over the past 20 years. This index, according to some analysts, reveals the…

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Colombia – Living in the city

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Bogotá is home to 87 indigenous communities who fight to maintain their ancestral customs based on Good Living. About 20,000 indigenous people live in Bogotá, the Colombian capital with 7.4 million inhabitants. Muisca, Kichwa, Ambika Pijao, and Inga people are organized in five cabildos — semiautonomous administrative units recognized by the city government. There are…

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Colombia – The milk man

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He lives in Tumaco, a fairly large town in south-west Colombia. The local reality is that of armed groups, cocaine trafficking, hundreds of violent killings every year. To earn money, he sells soya milk, which he prepares, and lives in a palafitte which he rents like everyone else in the neighbourhood. He is Father Franco…

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Advocacy

Indigenous Peoples' Cosmo-Vision Advocacies For Nature.

Indigenous peoples’ views of nature are incompatible with the extractive model, which is based on excess and limitless profit-seeking that drives to prey on natural…

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Baobab

Tortoise and the Baboon.

0ne evening when the tortoise was crawling slowly home, he met the baboon on his path. “Hello, old fellow - said the baboon heartily - Have you…

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Youth & Mission

Europe. The Tension of Being Young. Between Uncertainty and Responsibility.

The lives of many young Europeans are characterized by uncertainty. Sarah Prenger, president of the International Young Christian Workers movement, points out the personal and social…

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