By Garry Leech
Autonomous journalist Garry Leech has spent the final 8 years operating within the such a lot distant and unsafe areas of Colombia, uncovering the unofficial tales of individuals dwelling in clash zones. Beyond Bogotá is framed round the 11 hours that Leech used to be held captive by way of the FARC, Colombia's greatest leftist guerrilla team, in August of 2006. He remembers approximately thirty years of trip and paintings in Latin the US whereas weaving in a historic context of the sector and on-the-ground reporting with every one passing hour of his detention.
More than $5 billion in U.S. reduction over the last seven years has didn't finish Colombia's civil clash or lessen cocaine creation. Leech unearths that normal Colombians, no longer drug lords, have suffered the main and that peasants and indigenous peoples were stuck within the crossfire among the armed teams. in the meantime, greater than thirty Colombian reporters were murdered during the last 3 a long time, making Colombia the most risky nations during which to perform journalism. for this reason, nearly all of the Western media hardly ever depart Bogotá to discover the true tale. Leech, notwithstanding, learns the reality concerning the clash and the U.S. struggle on medicines without delay from the resource: negative coca farmers whose fields and meals vegetation were sprayed with poisonous aerial fumigations, woman FARC guerrillas who see armed fight as their purely alternative, union organizers whose lives are threatened simply because they protect workers' rights, indigenous peoples whose groups were forcibly displaced by means of the violence, and so forth.
Leech additionally investigates the presence of firm oil and mining businesses in Colombia via getting access to military bases the place U.S. infantrymen teach Colombian troops to struggle the guerrillas in resource-rich areas and by means of traveling neighborhood villages to benefit what the overseas presence has intended for nearly all of the inhabitants.
Drawing on extraordinary entry to squaddies, guerrillas, paramilitaries, and peasants in clash zones and cocaine-producing parts, Leech's documentary memoir is an epic story of a journalist's look for that means in the middle of violence and poverty, in addition to a humanizing firsthand account that provides clean insights into U.S. overseas coverage, the position of the media, and the plight of daily Colombians stuck in the middle of a brutal war.
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