The Saddest Country: On Assignment in Colombia

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The Saddest Country takes the reader on a journey through Colombia to remote locations and incisive conclusions. Nicholas Coghlan, Political Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Bogota from 1997 to 2000, weaves together a personal and political account of a three-year odyssey fuelled by his obsession with Colombia. His dangerous journeys put him in contact with guerrilla leaders and women's rights activists, ministers and gold miners, drug traffickers and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Travelling to tell the tale, ...
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Overview

The Saddest Country takes the reader on a journey through Colombia to remote locations and incisive conclusions. Nicholas Coghlan, Political Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Bogota from 1997 to 2000, weaves together a personal and political account of a three-year odyssey fuelled by his obsession with Colombia. His dangerous journeys put him in contact with guerrilla leaders and women's rights activists, ministers and gold miners, drug traffickers and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Travelling to tell the tale, Coghlan relates his attempts to interpret Colombia's complex and blood-soaked civil war for the bureaucrats in Ottawa and his efforts at lobbying Colombian authorities on human rights and assisting victims of the violence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773527874
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : a day in the life 3
1 Blood Canyon : Barrancabermeja 7
2 Down the Magdalena River : Puerto Wilches, San Pablo, Simiti, Santa Rosa 21
3 Old Colombia : Mompox, El Banco, Cartagena, and Old Providence 37
4 Banana country : Turbo, Apartado, San Jose, Chigorodo, and Pavaranoo 58
5 Returning to Darien : the Cuenca del Cacarica 76
6 Quibdo, the Medio Atrato, and the Pacific coast 100
7 In the fields of the drug lords 112
8 Despatches from the Colombian elections - July 1997 to August 1998 129
9 To the Llanos : Villavicencio, Puerto Inirida, and El Tuparro 171
10 The royal ways, the Nevados, and Armero 189
11 Putumayo : coke is it 205
12 Bogota 219
13 News of a kidnapping 227
14 Lunch with Lucia 238
15 Just another day at the office 247
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