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The Cupolog

In north america to promote my first book

South Colombia Rush
We wanted to stop.
We wanted to know Southern Colombia.
We wanted to see areas of coca fumigation and devastated food crops.
We wanted to meet people that lived between - were forced to choose between - paramilitaries and guerrillas.
We wanted to understand the world’s second largest displaced population.
But we couldn’t. Not if we wanted to reach Tierra del Fuego.
So we moved on - to Ecuador - and told ourselves: maybe next time.
On the road, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

South Colombia Rush

We wanted to stop.

We wanted to know Southern Colombia.

We wanted to see areas of coca fumigation and devastated food crops.

We wanted to meet people that lived between - were forced to choose between - paramilitaries and guerrillas.

We wanted to understand the world’s second largest displaced population.

But we couldn’t. Not if we wanted to reach Tierra del Fuego.

So we moved on - to Ecuador - and told ourselves: maybe next time.

On the road, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Los Desplazados
Medellin isn’t necessarily poor, it claims to be Colombia’s most progressive city, but for this reason the poor, the displaced, and the homeless all swarm to Medellin.
The streets are full of families from the south that lost their homes due to ongoing guerrilla warfare and widespread fumigation to eradicate coca plantations. The war forces them to pick sides and the fumigation spoils their soil so most residents just pack up and leave. Some to Ecuador, others to the north.
Colombia has an estimated 4-5 million internal refugees. Second only to Sudan.
And the effects are obvious in cities like Medellin.
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Los Desplazados

Medellin isn’t necessarily poor, it claims to be Colombia’s most progressive city, but for this reason the poor, the displaced, and the homeless all swarm to Medellin.

The streets are full of families from the south that lost their homes due to ongoing guerrilla warfare and widespread fumigation to eradicate coca plantations. The war forces them to pick sides and the fumigation spoils their soil so most residents just pack up and leave. Some to Ecuador, others to the north.

Colombia has an estimated 4-5 million internal refugees. Second only to Sudan.

And the effects are obvious in cities like Medellin.

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012