Meerkat pups, ostrich chicks, buffalo calfs: the baby boom at a Colombian zoo | AFP

The Bioparque Ukumari, an animal nature reserve in the coffee-growing region of Colombia, may miss its visitors, with the pandemic having taken away the tourists, but an unexpected increase in breeding, including from several exotic animals, has come as a balm in the face of this crisis.

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Larga cuarentena genera ansiedad y depresión en Colombia

Larga cuarentena genera ansiedad y depresión en Colombia

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ELN en Cuba: EEUU boicotea proceso de paz en Colombia

La guerrilla colombiana Ejército de Liberación Nacional acusa al gobierno de Estados Unidos de trabajar contra al proceso de paz en su país y usar a sus aliados en Bogotá para fomentar una guerra contra Venezuela

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Farmers trade fruits for essentials in the Amazon

Two siblings provide farmers in Colombia’s Amazon jungle with food and other essentials in exchange for fruit they harvest that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (July 9)

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Life in quarantine in a Botanical Garden in Colombia | AFP

Everyday Alberto Gomez tends to his Botanical Garden, which he founded over 40 years ago in Colombia, the second most biodiverse country in the world. But the pandemic forced him to close its door to the public, and he quarantined there alone, among the plants and butterflies.

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Lockdown and social distancing on Colombia’s most overcrowded island | AFP

Social distancing, vital in times of pandemic, is almost impossible for the residents of Colombia’s Santa Cruz del Islote, where about 500 people live on 0.01 square kilometres, as they struggle to walk at a safe distance from one another on one of the most densely populated islands in the world.

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Colombian police set up random checkpoints outside quarantined neighbourhoods | AFP

Police officers stop vehicles next to Bogota’s quarantined Suba neighbourhood and fines drivers without valid reasons to enter, as Colombia’s capital tightens the measures to fight COVID-19. IMAGES

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Rural Colombian family wins YouTube with tips for city folk | AFP

In just one month, farmer Nubia Gaona and her boys, David and Alejandro, have gone from being a traditional rural family living in the mountains of central Colombia — taking care of chickens and pigs — to being YouTubers with nearly 150,000 followers, with video tips for confined city residents that have been shared tens of thousands of times.

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Colombian capital to ban killing, animal abuse in bullfights | AFP

Colombia’s capital Bogota, one of the oldest bullfighting cities in the Americas, is set to outlaw the mistreatment and killing of the animals in a move aimed at eventually banning the events altogether. The move ratchets up pressure on a spectacle long seen as part of the South American country’s cultural heritage, but one slammed as cruel by animal rights campaigners.

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Generation Z: meet the youngsters getting creative vs COVID-19 | AFP

With their art, technology know-how, creative social networking skills or political commitment, post-millennials, known as Generation Z, have found their own ways to help others through the coronavirus lockdown. From Colombia to Senegal, Malaysia to Lebanon, AFP talked to a group of youngsters who put their energy and skills to use within their communities, contributing perhaps to shaping the post-virus world.

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Colombia indigenous people use medicinal plants believed to protect them against COVID-19 | AFP

The Kokonuko indigenous community in southwestern Colombia has increased its security measures to protect its territories from the coronavirus. Through medicinal plants and ancient wisdom, they believe they protect themselves against the virus. Doctors of the community have indicated that smoke from plants such as eucalyptus and pine kill viruses that cause respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. The traditional doctors claim to receive messages from Mother Earth for offerings, to which they oblige in rituals. These offerings are believed to ward off the coronavirus from entering their territories. The indigenous people also use sheep’s wool, believed to scare away evil spirits.

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Colombian medical workers recount experience with COVID-19 patients | AFP

Medical workers at the Clinica Desa hospital in Cali, Colombia, recount their experience with COVID-19 patients. They discuss their feelings of hope and relief when patients recover, as well as how they have learnt to cope with deaths.

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Colombia increases military presence on Amazon border amid pandemic | AFP

Colombia will increase military presence on its Amazon border, which it shares with Brazil and Peru, to prevent the spread of imported cases of coronavirus from floating populations.

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Colombia: The circus may not be coming to town but it’s going online | AFP

The Gasca Brothers’ Circus from Mexico operating in Colombia has had its operations come to a standstill due to coronavirus fears. This has led the circus to broadcast a show via Facebook Live to reach viewers now confined to their homes.

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Is a food crisis looming? | AFP

In Italy crops are rotting, in the United States litres of milk are being poured down the drain and slaughterhouses are closing. In Colombia farmers are barely holding on. In many countries the harvesting season is in full swing and the agricultural industry is fighting for survival. Broken supply chains are making it increasingly difficult for food to reach the final consumer. But for the most vulnerable populations around the world, the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to become catastrophic.

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Movies screened for balcony viewers in Colombia quarantine | AFP

Locals in Colombia’s capital Bogota watch a movie projected on a giant outdoor screen from their balconies, as they remain quarantined inside their homes during a nationwide lockdown. The viewing was put on by a company that says it wants to bring free cinema to residents while they are stuck inside their homes to make their time more enjoyable.

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Venezuelan migrants wait in Colombia to be transferred home amid pandemic | AFP

Venezuelan migrants who arrived in Colombia from neighbouring countries wait to be transferred to their home country by bus, as Colombia’s government grapples with a migration crisis brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Colombian cops use Zumba to arrest virus blues | AFP

Colombian policemen visit Bogota neighbourhoods and give Zumba fitness classes to encourage and entertain residents stuck at home over coronavirus fears. Zumba was developed in Colombia in the 1990s.

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Distribuyen comida a barrios pobres de Colombia

Distribuyen comida a barrios pobres de Colombia

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