The Heart of the War in Colombia / Edition 1

The Heart of the War in Colombia / Edition 1

by Constanza Ardila Galvis
     
 

ISBN-10: 1899365427

ISBN-13: 9781899365425

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.

Readers familiar with Gabriel Garcia Marquez will recognise the magical realism of these stories. The truth of life in Colombia may seem hard to believe but these powerful, gripping accounts take us to the heart of the war. Colombia is in the grip of the longest-running civil war in Latin America. Thousands are killed each year, and one-and-a-half million have already

Overview

Readers familiar with Gabriel Garcia Marquez will recognise the magical realism of these stories. The truth of life in Colombia may seem hard to believe but these powerful, gripping accounts take us to the heart of the war. Colombia is in the grip of the longest-running civil war in Latin America. Thousands are killed each year, and one-and-a-half million have already been internally displaced. The guerrilla have a presence in half the country's municipalities, the armed forces are the recipients of massive US military aid and the paramilitaries have the capacity to inflict the highest number of casualties of all. The question raised by The Heart of the War is universal: how do people face the truth of trauma to work for a better future? This is a people's history, where the collective memory of injustice and violence calls out not for revenge, but for peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781899365425
Publisher:
Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction5
Speaking Out16
Part 1The War Within19
Gabriela: Jose, and the carpenter's wife, Maria20
Daniel: Revenge and hate are stronger than patriotism33
Mercedes: We cannot live by will alone38
Socorro: She navigated a sea of violence44
Laura: To be displaced is to be mutilated51
Antonia: The pain of learning to forget60
Marcos: Listen for the fox64
Alejandra: She loved learning, but not through beatings68
Ana Dolores: Her tenderness leaves an aroma of hot guava jam79
Angela: Paths drawn at will93
Part 2This is the War105
Gabriela: Death is not one, but many106
Daniel: A soul destroyed by enduring injustice114
Mercedes: We cried while we marched125
Socorro: Both sides at war consider it a job131
Laura: They will not wipe out the seed145
Antonia: The only man who respected her was dead152
Marcos: What does our country mean to us?164
Alejandra: The saddest part of the war is getting used to it175
Ana Dolores: Sleeping with your eyes open to remember181
Angela: I brought up my sons to be men185
Part 3Creating Our Country195
Hatred doesn't end with the signing of peace accords196
Changing our outlook is not easy198
Authority and relationships between equals201
To show we're courageous, we behave like cowards209
Equality is to be treated as human beings211
Holding out your hand to help another is not enough214
We must oppose all the armed groups217
Moving on218
We have to defeat fear221

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