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.

Stateless In Colombia: Inside Colombia's citizenship crisis (USA Today/The Pulitzer Center for 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.

Ex-FARC leaders' return to arms brings back memories of bloodshed (Al Jazeera)

The memories came flooding back to Angela Maria Escobar when she woke to the news that key former FARC leaders were once again picking up arms. The bloody clashes between the rebels and paramilitaries. The sounds of gunfire. The sadness, desolation, and the date, December 23, 2000: the day she was raped by three paramilitaries fighters.

Hospitals are turning into 'cemeteries for migrants' on Colombia-Venezuela border (Public Radio International)

Hospitals on the Colombia-Venezuela border face collapse as they take on their Venezuela's expanding health crisis. Maternal and infant mortalities, syphilis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and infectious diseases like measles and malaria have skyrocketed. Health leaders say they're not prepared for what comes next. 

Fears stoke backlash against Venezuelans in Peru (BBC)

As Peru struggles to keep up with the exodus of Venezuelas fleeing the economic, political and medical crisis overtaking their country, a wave of xenophobia has swept across it's cities. Fears and anxieties have been stoked on by politicians, the country's media and growing tensions in the workforce.

Inside the violent battle on the Colombia-Venezuela border (VICE News)

Venezuela opposition forces clashed with President Nicolás Maduro's security forces as they tried to push so-dubbed "humanitarian aid" across the country's border with Colombia. But the outbreak left trucks of food and medicine smoldering, hundreds of people injured and, on the Brazil border, four dead.

Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones (Teen Vogue)

The jungles of Caquetá, Colombia were once home to a half-century of war between the military and FARC guerrillas. The conflict left behind millions of victims and landmines that terrorize locals to this day. Now, as the country clings to a slipping peace, young local women and victims play a crucial part in a initiative to liberate those war zones of the mines.

How to Keep the Colombian Peace Deal Alive (Foreign Policy)

Former FARC leaders once acted as a symbol of hope and peace in Colombia, but their announcement to return to arms was a stark reminder of the fragility of the peace accords on the ground. As the country struggles to keep that peace, Colombian President Iván Duque will have to decide what he will put on the fire: water or gasoline..

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.

For Indigenous and Afro-Colombians, Carnaval Is More Than a Party (VICE; Photo Essay)

Every March, Barranquilla, Colombia transforms into an explosion of dance, colors and music for it's Carnaval celebration, the second biggest in the world. But for the country's indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations – groups facing mass-violence, displacement and stigmatization – the Carnaval has become something more significant.

Passage Prevented: Trump’s border wall threatens delicate wildlife habitat (Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting)

President Trump's long-touted campaign promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would ravage one of the the biodiverse regions of North America and cut off the migration patterns of dwindling and endangered species in both countries. | Featured by HuffPost

National Guard fires tear gas amid Venezuela border tension (USA Today)

Tear gas, rubber bullets and fire bombs from Venezuela’s National Guard rained down on activists on the Colombia-Venezuela border as the opposition tried to execute a high-risk plan to deliver humanitarian aid, a point of hope for millions of Venezuelans trapped in the heart of a humanitarian crisis.

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