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DISPOSSESSED, THE : Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia Paperback – 3 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: HAYMARKET BOOKS (3 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931859175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931859172
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Molano is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador in Colombia. He is currently in exile in Spain, and is also a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College. She is co-editor of The Cuba Reader (Duke). Lance Selfa is an editor of and contributor to International Socialist Review. He edited The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket, 2002). He lives in Chicago. Daniel Bland is a human rights researcher and filmmaker, based in Canada, who has written widely on human rights abuses in Colombia.

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The different stories in this book are truly horrible. The things that these people have lived are a testiment to human's will to keep on struggling no matter what. It gives a vivid account of the internally displaced people of Colombia that you might otherwise only hear a word or two about on the news. I thought I had an idea of the misery of these people but their situation is a lot more exposed and difficult than one might think. Murder and violence are constant companions and there is little, if anything, they can do about it
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I used this book as a resource for a university essay on street children in Colombia. This book was a real eye opener ofen a very uncomfortable read but highly informative about the way millions of people live in Colombia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tough but necessary book to read 16 Feb. 2007
By wildflowerboy - Published on Amazon.com
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In "The Dispossessed", Colombian journalist and sociologist Alfredo Molano, himself a target of political repression, has bravely compiled a frightening collection of powerful testimonies of displaced persons in Colombia, victims of the ongoing resource war and class war ravaging this strategic Latin American nation connecting South America with Central America. Rather than engaging in abstract political theory, Molano personalizes the conflict by providing a voice for various women and men living in dire poverty and struggling against the brutal violence of the military, paramilitary forces, and police. Sadly, like in Pinochet's Chile, the disappearance of activists, particularly trade unionists, has become commonplace. Indeed, Colombia may well be the most dangerous country in the world for workers to organize in. Though these women and men are not traditional activists speaking in left-wing academic jargon, their horrific stories of courage and survival give the reader a rich understanding of what Plan Colombia and the FTAA are really about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia 11 Mar. 2007
By Libardo Rueda - Published on Amazon.com
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Very important stories to understand the reality/ies of Colombia. Molano is an amazing writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dispossessed 30 Sept. 2007
By Debra L. Haber - Published on Amazon.com
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A great insight into the daily lives of the people and especially the children of Columbia!
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