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José, a chocolate farmer, at work on a plantation. "We don't have a regular income," he says.
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
Please follow the link in our bio for more.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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A man, a young boy, and a basket of plantains are seen on a mudbank. People in this region used to grow other crops besides coca—plantains and cocoa, especially. But these traditional crops are increasingly crowded out by the global market's insatiable demand for coca.
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
Please follow the link in our bio for more.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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"I am not proud of cultivating coca," this man says. "If the government would offer us real alternatives [for making a living], of course we would quit it." A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
Please follow the link in our bio for more.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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Coca leaves are left to dry, cut, and mixed with gasoline, and then converted into cocaine paste. ⠀
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
See the link in our bio to learn more.⠀
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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A worker rests after a long day of harvesting. He collects as much as 110 pounds of coca leaves per day.
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
Click the link in our bio to read more.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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Workers at a plantation harvest coca leaves, earning about $2.00 per day.
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
Please follow the link in our bio for more.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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A coca cultivator with his family. “We don’t have any other [way] to provide for our children,” he says. “I want [my children] to have a better future than me. That’s why I cultivate.”
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
To read more, please follow the link in our bio.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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Coca fields close to the Rio Chagui financed by local FARC militia. “These are the groups who are giving the money for the coca cultivation now,” says one of the local coca farmers.
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
Check out the link in our bio to learn more.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves #nomoredrugwar #drugpolicyreform #cocanoesdroga


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Exequiel Quiñonez Preciado, a 62-year-old man and coca cultivator. Last December, police fumigated all of his coca plants. “Now I have to start again,” he says. “I don't have anything left.”
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves. Please follow the link in our bio for more.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves


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The inhabitants of Yanovi, a small village in a region controlled by former FARC guerillas. Out of the 20 families who live in Yanovi, 19 are economically dependent on either growing or harvesting coca.
A delicate peace between armed rebels and the government has settled in Colombia, but the “war on drugs” rages on. And while some farmers have been able to switch from coca to other crops without experiencing financial ruin, many more still find themselves growing coca due to a mix of economic necessity, governmental corruption, and ill-conceived policies which are supported by the United States. In this series, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares what she found when she visited Colombia and let these farmers speak for themselves.
Learn more by following the link in our bio.
#opensociety #colombia #warondrugs #cocaleros #drugpolicy #colombiapeace #everydaycolombia #everydaymacondo #campesinosdecolombia #procesodepaz #cocaleaves


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Next up, Lena Mucha (@lena_mucha) shares work from her series on how small-scale farmers in Colombia bear the brunt of the “war on drugs.” Thanks to @pmfotografi for his work on how memories of the Parsley Massacre still reverberate in the Dominican Republic and Haiti today.


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People take part in a ceremony to honor the victims of the massacre in Dajabón, Dominican Republic. This tradition is relatively new, having only begun in 2012.
As tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti have escalated in recent years, painful memories of 1937’s Parsley Massacre—when some 20,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were murdered on the orders of the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo—have risen, too. In this series, Pierre Michel Jean (@pmfotografi) captures the thoughts and feelings of survivors, many of whom see unsettling parallels between that time and today.
To learn more, visit the link in our bio.
#opensociety #haiti #ayiti #haitiansofdomenicandescent #hispaniola #launionfaitlaforce #migrants #migrantworkers #afrolatinidad #stateless #perejil #citizenship #dajabon #borders #oneisland #crossingborders #antihaitianismo #genocide #parsleymassacre #k2d #perejilmassacre


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