Here fortnightly, we present you with the challenge of consuming our recommendations. Today we want you to tell us which of them you preferred and why. In this new installment, we bring you a podcast on indigenous traditions, a book on economics for difficult times, a documentary about the images of war at Columbia, and more. We hope you enjoy it. Team hugs!
Jenifer Colpas, the executive director, recommends the podcast “Chewing the Word.”
The first chapter of the Chewing the Word podcast is titled “The Territory Is My Food: Rural Columbia Narratives.” It is a chapter of a podcast series that seeks to portray the dynamics of an indigenous Putumayo people around food and territory. In this fascinating chapter, the indigenous people narrate their lives, and their relationship with the environment was like before the “whites” arrived. Their voices tell how the dynamics around the search for food and its autonomy were like when self-supplied.
The following chapters tell how these dynamics have been transformed. A history of our deep Columbia, which manages to connect us with the distant territories of rurality.
Alexander Durán, the chief operating officer, recommends the book “Good Economy for difficult times”, by the Nobel Prizes in Economics Banerjee and Duflo.
The new book of the Nobel Prizes of Economics, Benerjee and Duflo, the writers of rethinking poverty, is a must-read for those working with migrant populations, climate change, or inequality. The authors again manage to translate in more inspiring words and for every public, another perspective on the problems of the current economy. Ideal for discovering other arguments in these times of so much skewed polarization.
Jose Estupiñan, the communications and marketing coordinator, recommends the documentary “the witness”, available on Netflix.
“The Witness” is an audiovisual anthological production by graphic reporter Jesús Abad Colorado. This documentary brings together more than 500 photographs, in black and white, and color, that tell the stories of many tragedies of our internal war from the eye of this ‘witness.’ The images were captured between 1992 and 2018.
A must-see documentary to understand the events of armed conflict, displacement, and reconstruction of the social fabric in different regions of the country. It is also an indictment of the reality of communities that must assume their existence as an act of resistance.
This week we bring you the history of more than 20 thousand inhabitants of the island area of Cartagena, who in the wake of Covid-19 have lost any way of searching for food. Marcela Madrid Vergara, the journalist from Dejusticia, tells us how ordinary citizens who usually depend on tourism have been affected.
We invite you to read the full story here.
“Before the pandemic, 96% of households on the island of Tierrabomba and the Barú peninsula lived in poverty, according to 2018 figures from Cartagena How We Go. During 2019, at least one person slept in 7 out of 10 households in Earthbomba without one of the three meals. In the rest of Cartagena, far from a food safety benchmark, this happened in 3 out of 10 households. All this happened in what we now call “normality” or “life before the coronavirus” when the inhabitants of Tierrabomba and Barú lived (or survived) the attractiveness of their beaches. It is already three months without being able to receive income transporting tourists by boats, preparing a tray of fish, keeping the hotels in order, or selling fruits.”
The traces of confinement in the island of Cartagena, by Marcela Madrid Vergara.
Also, we recommend that you read the report “CLIMATE CHANGE and the Rights of Women, Indigenous Peoples and Rural Communities in the Americas,” which is the result of a collaborative effort, in which Dejusticia among other organizations in Latin America participated, to highlight the impacts that climate change has on human rights, especially for vulnerable groups, such as indigenous peoples, women, children, and rural communities. It also makes available to civil society elements to influence climate action from a human rights perspective, as well as providing recommendations for States.
We invite you to read the full report here.
Finally, we recommend you to join the #PHEdesdemibalcón hashtag and share the small details of your life in confinement. This trend was initially initiated by the PhotoESPAIA photography festival when Spain had been in solitary confinement for two weeks. The initiative encouraged citizens to immortalize their day-to-day life from their balconies. Although the call ended on May 17 with more than 36,201 registered participants on the project’s website, today, the trend remains with more than 63,000 images tagged on Instagram.
Sara G Cortijo, one of the contest winners, uploaded this photo with the text: “I don’t know in your neighborhoods, but mine has already arrived the wild animals. This giraffe is eating the tomatoes on my balcony! Photographs were taken on the way to the super. Imagination to power in times of coronavirus.”.