COLOMBIA: On Drugs and Disillusionment in Colombia and Chicago

CPTnet
December 4, 2003
COLOMBIA: On Drugs and Disillusionment in Colombia and Chicago

By Carmen Kingsley

Recently, I began reading Out of War: True Stories from the Front Lines of
the Children's Movement for Peace in Colombia by Sara Cameron, which is in
our team library here. The author profiles youth who have become leaders
for peace, often as a result of personal encounters with violence. As I
read, I found links between the war in Colombia and the wars of inner city
Chicago. Both have connections to drugs and disillusionment.

Colombia provides many of the drugs that Chicago gang members consume and
fight over. Youth from Chicago and Colombia both face oppressive
governments, economic hardship, and an increasing gap between the rich and
the poor. They struggle daily to find ways to respond to the violence that
has shaped their lives.

One youth profiled in Cameron