For the past half-century, Colombia has been in the middle of armed conflict. Waged mostly in rural areas that dot the country’s borders, the war between government forces and armed opposition groups has left thousands dead, and more than 7 million Colombian people displaced from their homes.
It was a minute that changed everything: Walida and her family were taking cover in their home in Syria to shield themselves from the ongoing bombing and fighting in the streets. In the chaos, they did not realize that one of their sons had stepped outside.
Since opening her street corner bakery in Oakland, Calif., in late 2017, Reem Assil has been busy. To celebrate the opening of her second restaurant in Oakland's Jack London Square, Dyafa, this week's Links We Like are all about bread.
Doña Micaela sits on the floor, knees on a straw mat and a spool of cotton thread whittled in her hand. Behind her is a display of natural dyes, labeled for tourists. “Can I please take a picture of you?” I ask her in Spanish.
Cocotech is taking on underemployment and environmental contamination faced by coconut farmers in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region. As a small to medium-sized enterprise, it operates in a financial ‘missing middle’ that requires innovative financing from nontraditional sources.