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Catholics, Coffee and Colombia

VILLA LOYOLA, Chachagui, Colombia, 1 July 2016 — On our last working day in Colombia, Camila DeChalus interviews Jesuit priest Father Joe at the coffee plantation known as Villa Loyola. Fr. Joe is renowned for his work with the poor in this coffee-producing region of Colombia. We came to call Villa Loyola “the laboratory” of […]

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Colombia Context: Civil War

PASTO, Colombia, 30 June 2016 — My student and I made a brief trip to “Hogar de Paso,” or “Place of Passing,” today. It’s a half-way house on the outskirts of Pasto, funded by the city mayor’s office and operated by the “Pastoral Social,” a branch of the local Catholic church. The facility currently houses […]

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Coffee, Colombia and Character

SAMANIEGO, Colombia, 28 June 2016 — Camila DeChalus interviews a Colombian coffee grower about how climate change impacts his livelihood. I’m on assignment for American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) to assist Camila, who won one of this year’s AU-Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowships. She is working on a film about […]

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Backpacking to Coffeeland

LA FLORIDA, Colombia, 23 June 2016 — A local bee keeper and visiting members of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) get smoked up in their protective suits before visiting some local bee hives. The bees are cultivated as a means of diversification in the face of increasing impacts of climate change on coffee production. The bees […]

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Backpacking on the Day of Peace

EL TAMBO, Colombia, 23 June 2016 — I felt a sense of urgency to get these images up online. Perhaps because Hector Zamudio, a coffee grower whom I met today, is 84 years old and, though he most likely has no access to the internet, I needed to show them while he still is with […]

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Backpack and Colombia Coffee

NEAR PASTO, Colombia, 22 June 2016 — I’m on assignment for American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) to assist a student who won one of this year’s AU-Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowships. Camila DeChalus, seen on the left in one of these images, is working on a film about how Colombian […]

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