Colombia’s Hidroituango dam: ‘There’s a new war taking place’

Ruby Posada escaped from her home on her son’s back, under the stark light of the moon in northern Colombia, when the waters reached waist height. Her house, like dozens of others close to Colombia’s immense River Cauca, was flooded when water burst through a dam construction site earlier this month. Grabbing what they could, she and her son joined other artisanal gold miners and started a three-day hike upland to safety. Once they could go no further, they fashioned a white flag out of a rag and attracted the attention of rescuers from the Red Cross and the national…

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