Colombia’s peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas was supposed to put an end to more than 50 years of civil war and bring justice and reparations to victims. But former president Alvaro Uribe and current president Ivan Duque have worked to undermine Colombia’s institutions, including Congress, the Supreme Court and the press to dismantle the peace agreement, deny displaced landowners their rights and keep the country’s chances for peace in limbo.
GroundTruth Fellow Juan Arredondo followed a victim of the conflict in rural Colombia, as she is run out of her village by armed groups because of her social work empowering women to defend their rights. In interviews with former negotiators of the peace process and politicians, Arredondo paints a picture of the past, present and possible future of peace in the country.
An uneasy peace: Colombia’s peace peace from 2015 to 2019
As a photojournalist, Arredondo has documented the hopes of the peace accords and repercussions of its set backs from the perspective of the people affected. In this gallery, the reporting fellow captured the impact of the peace process while on assignment throughout the height of the process.
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- Dispatch: Meet the intellectual founder of Brazil’s far right
- Episode 2: Target Outsiders – Italy
- Dispatch: Europe’s ‘identitarians’ insist they aren’t part of the far right
- Episode 3: Undermine Institutions – Colombia
- Dispatch: The Slow Death of Colombia’s Peace Movement
- Episode 4: Rewrite History – Hungary
- Dispatch: Europe’s failure to protect liberty in Viktor Orbán’s Hungary
- Episode 5: Exploit Religion – India
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