Colombia’s war has displaced 7 million. With peace, will they go home?
for The Washington Post
SOACHA, Colombia — In the nation with more internal refugees than any other,
you won’t find the uprooted and the dispossessed huddled in tent camps or
fleeing in long caravans. Colombia’s war doesn’t look like that, at least
The United Nations counts about 7 million “internally displaced people” here, more than in Syria, Iraq or any other war zone. Forced to flee their farms and villages, they have resettled at the edges of Colombia’s cities, finding refuge in places like this treeless, teeming slum on the outskirts of the capital, Bogota.