Latin America/Caribbean

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Landmines planted by FARC claim thousands of lives The five decade-long guerrilla war of Colombia has not only seized the political landscape, but the physical landscape as well. Covering vast territories with landmines became a prominent war strategy in the mid-2000s, mostly employed by the FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla group. As a result, landmines…

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Last week I was privileged to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Advisory Council of the Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA. We were in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico. We heard from migrants who had been recently deported from the U.S. and also met with church members and…

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Haiti tent camp

Five years after the disastrous Haitian earthquake, problems still abound. Many tout a large decrease in tent camps, but today more than 85,000 people inhabit remaining camps. This estimate does not account for the informal settlement of Canaan, where up to 200,000 live on the outskirts of town without water, electricity or other basic infrastructure.…

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