Brian Fitzpatrick (@BrianFitz_) is a freelance reporter. With journalist Michael Norby, he has worked extensively on human rights issues across Colombia. Their previous joint work has included an investigation into paramilitary networks in Haiti, and has appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times and New Internationalist Magazine.
The presidential run-off this weekend and talks with the FARC are obscuring horrific violence in places like Buenaventura—and US multinationals are deeply implicated.
Peace talks with the FARC rebels are slowly progressing. But the agreement threatens to exacerbate already obscene levels of violence in rural areas.