Former combat medic Hector Bernal trains soldiers in tactical medicine at his center outside Bogotá. Bernal says he’s trained more than 20 soldiers who have gone to Ukraine recently.

Colombian army veterans join Ukraine’s army — motivated by financial need


Hundreds of Colombians have recently enlisted in Ukraine’s military, as it tries to replenish its forces after months of heavy losses on the frontlines. But many are not going for ideological reasons.

Tourists stroll down a street that is packed with bars and restaurants, in Medellin's Provenza neighborhood.

Medellín was one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Now, it’s trying to grapple with an influx of tourists.

Bogota has trained more than 500 police officers to respond to cases of gender-based violence, known as the purple patrol.

In Colombia’s capital, the ‘purple patrol’ fights sexual harassment on crowded buses

Sexual violence
Bullfighting is still legal in the Colombian city of Manizales, which holds a major festival on the first week of January.

Colombia’s plan to ban bullfighting sparks debate on tradition, animal rights

The Bogotá Philharmonic Women's Orchestra performs at the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan theater in Bogotá, Colombia.

Colombia’s first all-female orchestra sets the stage for women to take the lead in classical music

Women & Gender
Monsieur Perine's first album, "Hecho a Mano" was published in 2012. Since then the band has produced two more albums. 

TikTok fame allows Colombian band Monsieur Periné to do its own thing


Interest in the Colombian indie-pop band Monsieur Periné skyrocketed after one of its songs from 2015 went viral on TikTok. A video on the platform inspired thousands of TikTok users to record themselves at home dancing to the chorus of “Nuestra Canción.”

Yessika Godoy waits in line outside a government office in Bogotá, Colombia, where she's trying to get her ID card restored.

Amid immigration crackdown, Colombia revokes national IDs for thousands of Venezuelans without warning


The Colombian government has revoked national IDs belonging to 43,000 Venezuelan immigrants, following a sweep to root out fraudulent citizenship. Those who applied for citizenship with documents deemed insufficient now face bureaucratic, social and legal hurdles — and possible deportation.

An "Encanto" billboard stands at a movie theater in Bogotá, Colombia.

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ depicts Colombia as a magical place full of possibilities — a welcome change for local audiences

Arts, Culture & Media

Over 1.6 million tickets were sold during its first week in Colombian movie theaters — a record for animated films in the country. The government plans to use the film to change the narrative about Colombia abroad.

One of the two main murals of the cafe, La Trocha, sentires de la montaña, which depicts a forest with elements of life in it including a tent, flashlight and canteen.

Former FARC rebels reimagine peace with this new cultural gathering space in Colombia


Five years after a peace accord was signed between Colombia’s largest guerrilla group and the country’s government, a small group of women have found a path forward in Popayán, Colombia.

At El Color de Mis Reves, or The Color of My Dreams, most of the land is covered by cloud forests. The owner wants the forest to regrow to give the wildlife more space.

Colombian farmers bet on bird-watching lodges to conserve forests


Deforestation increased in Colombia last year. But some farmers are finding ways to benefit from preserving the forests.