One year of posts on Connecting Colombia
Well it´s been one year since my first post on Connecting Colombias, my attempt to relate the heroism and news of Colombia to outsiders.
I have had a total of 3,250 views. I suspect I might have had a few more if I had not taken the better part of six months off to lay about the lake, watch soccer and hangout with friends. But hanging out with my Mom, Lili and my friends is worthwhile as well.
I succeeded in telling a few decent stories, and kept myself at the keyboard where I find some satisfaction.
Best of all, I learned a lot researching stories. The bloggers I met online inspired me as do the Colombians and foreigners who never cease to amaze me with the courage they demonstrate on a daily basis.
In Buenaventura, I met members of Peace Brigades International, who put themselves in danger to protect threatened Colombians they had never met.
In Bogotá I met Aidá Abella, who had been shot at with a bazooka, but returned to lead a political party whose leaders are frequently assassinated.
Walking down the street in Bogotá, I met Iván Cepeda, perhaps the most threatened person in Colombia, who has not allowed the assassination of his own father to prevent him from dedicating his life to exposing state-sponsored torture and assassination.
To each of you who have taken the time to read – and especially those who have kindly taken the time to comment – thank you.
I am expecting to write better stories, publish more exclusive content and attract more attention in my second year.
Here´s to Year Two for Connecting Colombias when, more than anything, I hope to have the opportunity to write about the end of 50 years of conflict between FARC rebels and Colombia. That should include this nation´s first steps towards building a just society for those who risk everything: those who fight for human rights, labour rights, political rights and the ability to raise and educate their children in peace.
Your ideas and comments of how I can do a better job are welcome here.
Cheers, David Hogben