Manuel Rueda is a freelance journalist based in Bogota, Colombia where he has been living for the past five years. Manuel has covered the peace deal between Colombia's government and the FARC rebels, Venezuela's political crisis and how Colombia is adapting to the arrival of more than one million Venezuelan migrants. He is a dual citizen of Colombia and Venezuela and always ready to travel. Last year he also produced stories in Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.
With only 15% of Colombia’s population fully vaccinated, some public health experts have criticized the privately funded scheme for perpetuating inequities. Others say it will eventually benefit everyone.
Like the US and Europe, Colombia is lifting most restrictions in a bid to bring back jobs — even as COVID-19 death rates climb.
Mauricio Zuñiga was deported to Colombia after living in Florida for four decades. Now, he exports specialty coffee to the United States. He hopes the name, Deportado Coffee, sparks conversations about the US immigration system.
In a fresh wave of protests that began on April 28, after the government proposed raising taxes, many demonstrators say police shot, beat and hurt them with tear gas canisters.
In mainland Ecuador, only 6% of people have been vaccinated so far. But officials are hoping to have all adults on its islands vaccinated by the end of this month.
As anti-immigrant sentiment grows in Colombia, kickball league organizers in Riohacha hope the sport can facilitate integration between Venezuelans and their new neighbors.
Hundreds of fishermen make a living from Saint Silvester Lake and they're determined to protect it. But defending the environment has become a dangerous job in Colombia.
Treasures of Colombia breeds tiny amphibians, native to Colombian forests, for export to Europe and the US.
As neighboring countries reopen their economies, thousands of Venezuelan migrants are leaving the country again to look for work. But the pandemic is making their route through South America tougher.
The US-based 40 days for Life organization has ramped up activities in Colombia ahead of the constitutional court's ruling on granting women full access to abortion until the fourth month of pregnancy.