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Colombia journalism project aims to bring untold stories of war to light

Reporting was restricted by the remoteness of the war zones and the military’s control of access. Peace is allowing a new approach
A soldier of the Colombian navy stands guard in a street of the municipality of Guapi, department of Cauca, in the south-west of Colombia. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

Like many urban Colombians, Nicolás Sánchez – a young journalist from the country’s capital, Bogotá – never saw the country’s civil war firsthand. Instead, he grew up watching it from afar, in television reports of massacres and gun battles deep in the countryside.

Reporters would often only show the point of view of the military – the only group who could regularly grant them access

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