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Project to Document Displaced Colombians

When a Marxist rebel group told Julio Roberto Pedraza to hand over his land or his two sons would be forced into its ranks, Pedraza and his family of 14 piled into the first vehicle passing by — a truck hauling firewood to the nation’s capital. They arrived in Bogota from their village in southwest Colombia with nothing but the shirts on their backs and spent the next two years in a tin shack, scraping a living through odd jobs. Like tens of thousands of other families in Bogota displaced by the nation’s civil war, one of their biggest troubles is that they don’t have ID cards or papers — without which they can’t get a proper job or qualify for emergency assistance, since the state doesn’t formally know they exist. Full Story

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