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The priests navigating Colombia’s conflict zones

Juan Carlos Barreto peers up at a map of the dense jungles and rivers of Colombia's Chocó region

Passing his hand along the map, he explains where armed groups plant landmines.

  • BBC

“All around there, they’re forcibly confining communities,” he says, explaining that militias set curfews and block residents from moving around freely.

“Here’s where the left-wing guerrillas dominate, where the right-wing paramilitaries are gaining ground, and where urban gangs are making power grabs.”

“All around, there’s a fight for control,” he concludes solemnly.

He sounds like an army commander preparing for battle, but…

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