The remote Darien Gap cuts across Central America, serving as a critical but perilous path for migrants desperate to make the journey north. Many people fleeing poverty, persecution, and violence feel it’s their only option.
Tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants returned from Colombia to their native homes during the COVID-19 lockdown. Luis Guillermo Franquiz, a Venezuelan writer, was one of them. He lived and worked in Bogota. For 16 days, he walked to reach the border and crossed it. Luis Guillermo wrote his story.
Migrants and refugees worldwide routinely find themselves in great danger. Perhaps the most hazardous migrant trail of all is the Darien Gap, a wild, lawless stretch straddling Colombia and Panama.
COVID-19 is highlighting the difficulties that Indigenous and Afro-Colombians—many of whom live in scattered rural areas—have in accessing specialized medical services. The distances they must travel to reach a hospital reveal the ethnic face of the pandemic.
Filmmaker Tom Laffay, whose short film “Siona: Amazon’s Defender’s Under Threat” recently premiered on The New Yorker, gives a behind-the-scenes look at his long-term film project with the Siona people of Putumayo.
The territory of the Colombia's Indigenous Siona people has been caught up in armed conflict for decades; now the group is balancing the needs for demining efforts and for isolation.
Hundreds of cancer patients in Colombia are left without the radiopharmaceuticals needed for their treatments due to COVID-19’s impact on transportation.
More migrants than ever are crossing the Colombia-Panama border to reach the U.S. Five days inside the Darién Gap, one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.
Deep in the jungles of Vaupés, in the Colombian Amazon, a group of Indigenous people holds to their prayers and beliefs to protect themselves from mining.
The way Colombia has responded to the flood of Venezuelans crossing the border makes it a global standout at a time when other countries are closing their doors.
A small town in the middle of Colombia began receiving thousands of Venezuelan refugees last year. Here people arrive in horrible conditions, and resources to help are scarce.
In Vaupés, in the Colombian Amazon, indigenous people are clinging to their beliefs to protect themselves from mining. A mining licence for coltan has three communities on the edge: leaders are threatened and their right to prior consultation has not been respected.
Colombia’s 2016 peace deal put an end to 52 years of armed conflict and saw over 7,000 guerrillas lay down arms. But the road to build peace is long and strewn with obstacles.
Much is riding on the race to identify and distribute the biological diversity of areas occupied by civil war that the government of Colombia will be receiving as part of the peace deal.
Camila DeChalus directed and produced a video for her project about how, with help from the Catholic Church, coffee farmers in rural Colombia are fighting against the impacts of climate change.
We might soon have a treatment for Huntington's disease, but the Latin American communities who helped scientists uncover the cause are too poor to benefit. Who will help these forgotten people?
Colombia’s fast growing palm oil industry has been a boon to its economy. But behind it is a fight for land as farmers backed by paramilitaries push into indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.
As Colombia struggles to free itself from a vortex of violence, union members, human rights activists and others still feel threatened by criminal elements––and their own government.
Colombia's small-scale traditional miners are fighting for their piece of the recent gold mining boom as large multinational companies have picked up most of the country's exploration rights.
The government in Colombia has to choose between guarding its unique ecosystems or boosting its economy with mining. The decision could exhaust or recast Colombia’s long, agonizing armed conflict.
Journalist Phillip Robertson and videographer Carlos Villalon investigate the controversies swirling around America's most important Latin American ally and what they mean for the people of Colombia.