He tried to save a rare parrot. It cost him his life. (The Washington Post)

Despite being one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Colombia is also the most dangerous to be an environmental protector. With an uptick in rural violence and extractive interests pushing into previously untouched nature, the job has only grown more deadly. Gonzalo Cardona Molina, an environmentalist that brought a parrot species back from the brink of extinction, was the first defender killed in 2021.

Doctor, Refugee. Violinist, Refugee. Model, Refugee. (The New York Times)

They felt on top of the world. Then the world turned upside down. When earthquake, war or social upheaval drives you across a border and into the unknown, you learn the hard lesson of the refugee: You didn’t just lose a home, a job, a country. You may also have lost your identity. Five Venezuelans tell their stories of life before and after crisis in their country changed everything.

Lima’s ‘Wall of Shame’ and the Art of Building Barriers (The Atlantic)

Lima, Peru’s “Wall of Shame” was constructed by the city’s hyper-rich in the 1980s to keep out poor migrants displaced by bloodshed in Peru’s countryside. Like many world walls – whether it be the U.S.-Mexico border’s to Israel-Palestine’s – the 6-mile-long barrier stands as a testament to the culture’s deeper societal divisions.

Colombia creates real estate agency to sell ex-combatant homes and pay back conflict victims (BBC News)

The Colombian government created a real estate agency in an attempt to sell over 1,600 homes, apartments, farms and lots of land which have either been seized by the government or handed over by armed groups that have demobilized over the past years. As peace in Colombia falls apart, many properties have become "impossible" to sell.

Migrants Take Out Huge Loans to Pay Coyotes. Coronavirus Could Cause Them to Default. (VICE News)

More and more Guatemalans take out loans up to $16,000 to be smuggled to the U.S., putting their homes on collateral. If they succeed in their migration, they could change their families' lives for generations. If they fail, they risk losing everything. As novel coronavirus ravages the U.S. economy, it threatens to tip them toward disaster.

The Walkers: Venezuelans travel hundreds of kilometres by foot (Photo Story; Al Jazeera)

'The Walkers:' I followed the winding, mountainous road running from the Colombia-Venezuela border that a growing number of Venezuelans are taking as they flee crisis on foot.
Migrants – families, the elderly, the sick – trek hundreds of miles in extreme conditions, often not knowing what lies ahead. Some have their sights set on Colombian cities, others are beginning journeys across the continent.

An Elegy for Colombia’s Tropical Glaciers (Atlas Obscura)

Tropical glaciers – ice formations resting on near the equator – seem to exist by a fluke of nature. The glaciers rest high in mountains like where heavy precipitation from the jungles lying below feed them and high altitude temperatures keeps them frozen. But experts also warn they're "on the front line of climate change." In Colombia, only seven remain and in 30 years, they'll have disappeared completely.

'Referendum on Duque': Hundreds of thousands march against Colombian president (Al Jazeera)

In a wave of anti-government protests sweeping across Latin America, hundreds of thousands of Colombians took to the street in protest against the embattled government of President Iván Duque. Largely peaceful demonstrations ended in clashes between police and protesters and the sounds of the "cacerolazo," echoing across the South American country.

They were raped during Colombia’s civil war. Now they want justice for their children. (Public Radio International)

Nearly 28,000 victims were sexually abused during Colombia's half-century civil war. Now, a group of those victims who gave birth as a product of that rape are fighting to have their children, too, recognized as victims.

Stateless In Colombia: Inside Colombia's citizenship crisis (USA Today/The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

The Colombia government announced they were nationalizing 24,000 babies born 'stateless' to Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-stricken country. But that was only a bandaid to a larger problem as the country grapples with the influx of millions of migrants. Front page story of USA Today. Pulitzer Center project page.

Yesterday, he sang for guerrillas. Today, he’s one town’s mayor. (Christian Science Monitor)

Guillermo Torres, "the singer of the FARC," is among a few recently elected ex-guerrillas. He once had a $2.5 million call for his arrest and is accused of a range of war crimes from kidnapping to homicide. As he tries to leave his past in Colombia's bloody armed conflict behind, he poses a key question to the country: Is it possible to move ahead when decades of conflict are still unresolved?

Colombian guerrillas are using coronavirus curfews to expand their control. Violators have been killed. (The Washington Post)

Guerrillas, paramilitaries and armed groups across Colombia have imposed strict coronavirus quarantines to consolidate power, sewing fear in populations who have already lived through decades of conflict. The consequences for violating these controls is death. (Photo: Oscar Coral)

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