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Historia Publication logo September 10, 2018

'A River of Blood': How Colombian Communities Are Fighting to Save the Rio Atrato

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The community church in Samurindo, Colombia. Religious actors have played complex and diverse roles in over 50 years of armed conflict. Churches have made a decisive difference in the implementation of the 2016 peace accords between the FARC guerrilla group and the Colombian government unfolds. Image by Julia Friedmann. Colombia, 2018.
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As both sides struggle to implement the 2016 peace accords in Colombia, religious organizations have...

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Canoes docked by Chocó's capital city, Quibdó. The Río Atrato links the region and serves as the primary transportation for many communities that lack access to paved roads. Image by Julia Friedmann. Colombia, 2018.
Canoes docked by Chocó's capital city, Quibdó. The Río Atrato links the region and serves as the primary transportation for many communities that lack access to paved roads. Image by Julia Friedmann. Colombia, 2018.

The Rio Atrato is a lifeline for communities in Colombia's Pacific coast. Now, they're fighting to save the river after industrial mines polluted the water and armed groups competed for territory.

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