Fura Gems is vowing to make a clean break from the past. It’s working to win over nearby villages by offering to hire an unprecedented number of female miners. The company is setting up a gem washing plant run entirely by women, an initiative the company says has never been attempted before.
As presidential elections in Colombia approach, FRANCE 24 sits down with former FARC Guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono, better known as Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez, in an exclusive interview. He talks about his group’s transformation into a political party and the challenges of changing public perceptions. “The fact that we can spread our message under present circumstances cannot be quantified,” he says.
Colombian and Ecuadorean troops continued on Wednesday (April 18) a joint operation in the jungles of southwestern Colombia to search for an insurgent group believed to have kidnapped two Ecuadorean journalists and their driver recently.
David Beasley, Director of the World Food Program said, Colombia needs international help as it struggles with a humanitarian catastrophe along its border from Venezuelans driven from their homes by hunger. He made the comments after meeting refugees during a visit to Cucuta in eastern Colombia.
Colombia is facing one of the world's biggest migration crises. More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed the Colombian border, fleeing a political crisis and poverty. Colombia's government fears the immigrants could destabilize the country.