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In Colombia's decades-long civil war, one community vows neutrality

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America Abroad is an award-winning documentary radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. Each month, we take an in-depth look at one critical issue in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

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In the midst of Colombia’s long-running civil war, between a rebel movement known as FARC on one side, and paramilitaries and the government on the other, a small group of poor farmers, also known as campesinos, is refusing to take sides.

Inspired by the nonviolent activism of iconic social reformist Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian non-profit organization called 5th Pillar is addressing the country's problem of corrupt officials by handing them fake money.

Imagine living across the world from your family and friends and not being able to use Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other social media and messaging apps to communicate.

“Once His Holiness is gone, then, even if the Chinese government or representatives of Chinese government, if they want to engage in a dialog – it's going to be really hard to identify who to do it with.”

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