Category Archives: Putumayo


The roads in Putumayo are lined with abandoned houses. Here is the story of one displacement, from a 2009 interview: My husband was the mayor’s assistant, he was the acting mayor at the time, and he had to leave because … Continue reading

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Putumayo Oil

Oil exploration in southern Colombia began in the early 1960s, one of a series of extractive bonanzas pulling migrants into the region. A thin pipeline snakes along the road leading to Orito, the center of drilling in the region. Now, … Continue reading

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