Translations:Alfredo Molano/4/en

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Alfredo Molano Bravo was born in Bogota, and grew up and lived in the nearby mountains of La Calera amongst myrtle, Andean blueberry and eucalyptus trees. He roamed dirt roads and paths with his sneakers and backpack, traversing the country from end to end, from border to border and from river to river, speaking with people from that most forgotten Colombia to listen to their life stories, through which he narrated the origins of violence, forced displacement, colonization, land seizures, environmental damage, and cultural and territorial abuses against indigenous and Afro-Colombian peoples, sketching out the map of over half a century of agrarian conflict in each of his writings. He was a keen student of social struggles, the peasant farmer population, the dispossessed and the abandoned of that rural Colombia, unknown and ignored by many which he roamed ceaselessly.