Covid recessions and insecurity are prompting Caribbean and West African migrants to attempt the crossing — but between armed groups, disease and treacherous terrain, many never make it

Originally published at Pirate Wire Services

Necocli, Colombia- Colombia has officially reopened its land border with Panama after a year and a half of pandemic closures. The news has prompted thousands of mainly Caribbean and West African migrants to trek to the frontier.

For many, their trans-continental journey officially begins…

En Colombia, la policía no solo está militarizada: está controlada por los militares, algo que los críticos sostienen debe cambiar

La nota se publicó originalmente en inglés, pero esta taduccion fue hecho y publicado originalmente a El Molino Online

Bogotá, Colombia — Uniformados con armaduras negras de Stormtroopers, armados con garrotes, avanzan las tropas de la vanguardia de la policía antidisturbios. Una segunda línea lanza gases lacrimógenos contra la masa…

Police in Colombia aren’t just militarized, they’re controlled by the military. Critics say that needs to change

Bogotá, Colombia — Clad in black tacti-cool stormtrooper armor and armed with clubs, the vanguard of the riot police advance. A second line launches tear gas into crowds of protesters which spreads out in billowing clouds. …

Police brutality, inequality, rising violence and a deeply unpopular administration are driving demonstrations across the country

Bogotá, Colombia- Protests in Colombia just celebrated their month anniversary. Tens of thousands are currently in the streets, roadblocks have stopped the flow of goods at critical commercial transport hubs and parts of the country are quite literally in flames. …

Meet the kids of Cali, who make up the soul of a national revolution

Cali, Colombia- A few hundred young women enter Puerto Resistencia, (Port Resistance) the heart of protests here in Cali, with their fists raised to the air in a gesture of defiance against the state that has been killing them in the streets for weeks. …

El debate público sobre el paro en Colombia está dominado por el gobierno y las élites, no personas como yo

Este ensayo está escrito por un periodista ciudadano que se puso en contacto con Muros Invisibles pidiendo que amplifiquemos las voces de los menos representados en el debate público sobre el paro nacional en curso en Colombia.

Por: Jeison Oviedo Mercado

Muchos dicen que no se debe salir a marchar…

As thousands take to the streets in Colombia, public debate over why is dominated by government and elites, not people like me

This essay is written by a citizen journalist who contacted Muros Invisibles asking that we amplify the voices of those least represented in the public debate over ongoing general strikes in Colombia. It is edited only for clarity and English translation

By Jeison Oviedo Mercado

Bogota, Colombia- People tell me…

2020 was a collective trauma, but also a year of the people

Forty thousand terrified and angry people, dressed in rags and improvised cloth masks yelled at police, begging not to be left stranded on the wrong side of a closed frontier. Oily black smoke from trash being burnt on the Venezuelan side blotted out the sun, and riot police stood by…

The indigenous protests that crossed half a nation to confront a president

Bogota, Colombia- They say there are over 3,000 people in the indigenous caravan. I have been travelling with them for three days, riding on the roof of one the overcrowded school buses they call Chivas.

This conglomeration of indigenous communities, the Minga, in the native tongue, formed in southwest Colombia…

The authoritarianism of the ivory tower is a contradiction

“‘Cancel Culture’ is out of control and threatens liberal discourse!” has become a rallying cry for those, who often for the first time in their lives, and usually from a powerful platform, face public criticism that they have historically safely ignored. Shocked by the temerity of peasants who dare to…

Joshua Collins

A reporter on immigration and world affairs, based in Cucuta, Colombia. Bylines at Al Jazeera, Caracas Chronicles, New Humanitarian and more

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