Colombia is at a crossroads. Over five decades of conflict have left around 220,000 dead. Millions of people have been displaced. But a peace deal between the Government and FARC guerillas aims to open a new chapter in the nation’s history. Fifty years of armed conflict appear to be ending.
As of December 2016, 7.2 million people in Colombia had been forced to flee their homes – that’s more people displaced because of violence than anywhere else in the world.
Among the challenges, housing is in desperate need. More than half a million Colombian families need better homes and more than a million live in poor-quality housing.
In the first of a four-part series covering different perspectives on one project, we explore a story of one community taking part in a Government project to improve 50,000 homes nationwide, through the eyes of Luis Alfredo Torres Redondo – a community leader known as Lucho.