Maikuchiga, the monkeys’ story

© Viviana PerettiMaikuchiga means “the monkeys’ story” in Tikuna, the dominant indigenous language in the Colombian Amazon area of Puerto Nariño. Maikuchiga is a Colombian nonprofit organization that rescues Amazonian animals confiscated from the illegal trade in wildlife.
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Armero, thirty years later…

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In Colombia some cemeteries are an ode to the amnesia, indolence and political ineptitude of the country. An example is the cemetery of Armero, the town in the Tolima region that on November 13 of 1985 was submerged by a river of lava and mud when the Nevado de Ruiz volcano erupted. There were 25,000 victims and paradoxically the only thing that survived was the hilltop cemetery. Today the cemetery is abandoned, most of its tombs were looted a long time ago and not a single tombstone is left intact; human remains are scattered everywhere. In his visit in 1986, Pope John Paul II declared the town Holy Ground and today only cows graze on this vast ‘holy’ expanse where Armero once stood. Continue reading “Armero, thirty years later…”

Todos somos Camilo!!

© Viviana PerettiCamilo is a collective creation of the Colombian Corporation of Theatre directed by playwriter Patricia Ariza. A tribute to the guerrilla priest Camilo Torres who lost his life 49 years ago fighting against poverty and social inequality. Through dance, music and the representation of multiple characters touting revolutionary faith, the actors represent one of the many iconic and polyphonic characters who have lost their life during the last 50 years of armed conflict in Colombia.
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