Once upon a time there was Colombia
The complexity of a country in which violence and internal armed conflict coexist with enormous cultural, natural, and human riches is captured in this illuminating essay by a Colombian poet. A refreshed view of Colombia is proposed, shedding light on the possibility of a future in which the nation may become reconciled with itself. The accompanying photographs, all previously unpublished, are taken by some of Colombia's best photographers.
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