Since the 7th of March 2019, various nationwide blackouts sent Venezuela back into the Stone Age. The first blackout took me and the country by surprise. For almost a week, I was completely disconnected from the outside world, without electricity, water, internet and phone. A photo diary published by the Swiss magazine NZZ am Sonntag.
In years of fighting against the Colombian government, female fighters of the FARC guerillas were not allowed to have children. Once, the rebels started negotiating peace their camps experimented a true baby boom.
Without the Brazilian and Peruvian rubber, the automobile could not have conquered the world in the first decades of the 20th century. On assignment for the German cooperation agency GIZ, I spent a week in the Peruvian amazonas following indigenous people who are rediscovering the knowledge of their forefathers about the rubber tree.
After more than 50 years of civil war, Colombia has more internally displaced persons than any other country in the world. Parliament recently adopted a peace agreement with the FARC, but this now has to be given substance. Reconciliation projects like the one in the city of Florencia paint a picture of a brighter future.