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Building Trust in Colombia’s Hub of Coca and Conflict

Two years ago, Crisis Group found that major threats to Colombia’s peace process with former guerrillas all intersect in the Pacific coastal district of Tumaco.

Our Colombia analyst Kyle Johnson made it his mission to find out more.

  • Kyle Johnson
  • ICG

TUMACO – I’d travelled to many places in Colombia before I joined International Crisis Group, but never Tumaco.

My first impression was that it’s a town that shares many qualities with others on the Pacific coast.

It’s made up of two built-up islands and some mainland barrios, tucked into a…

Just one road runs in and out.

Around 115,000 people live in the…

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