I first heard the words “humanitarian crisis” referred to Colombia in 1999. We were surviving the Pastrana years and the words “failed state” were also mentioned. I am a Colombian who grew up in Canada, and well, why was it that my parents’ homeland had landed in the same slot as Afghanistan and Pakistan? I have returned to Colombia many times since then, with an itch to unravel this character “Colombia” for myself. – Paula
Paula Delgado-Kling holds degrees in comparative literature/ French civilizations, international affairs, and creative writing from Brown, Columbia, and the Newschool, respectively. Currently, she is working on a book about Colombia, for which she has earned two grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts.