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A Refuge from Violence in a Forgotten Corner of Colombia

Throughout Colombia, social leaders are a staple of community life, providing services and defending rights that the state does not.

But these activists face growing dangers from the criminals, ex-paramilitaries and self-styled guerrillas whose rackets they disrupt.

  • Elizabeth Dickinson
  • ICG

This is one woman’s story.

ALTOS DE CAZUCÁ, Soacha – In mid-March, when Colombia announced a lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, Luz Mary knew what to do.

She had faced confinement before.

The fast-talking mother of two sealed up her house and started living from room to room…

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