The Gist

The Heroes of Colombia

Why do we know so much about Colombia’s narcos and so little about the people who risked everything to fight them?

People attend the National Day of Remembrance and Solidarity with Victims of the Armed Conflict on April 9, 2016, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia.

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On Tuesday’s Gist, the lesser-known story of Colombia: Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno has written a moving account of Colombia’s post–Pablo Escobar years, when the illegal drug trade was taken up by one of the factions in the country’s long-running civil war. Her book, There Are No Dead Here, spotlights the work of Colombians who risked their lives to wrest their country back from lawlessness. It also reveals the incoherence of the United States’ war on drugs, which indirectly fueled so much of Colombia’s suffering. McFarland is the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

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