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THE WORLD`S BIGGEST REFUGEE CAMP 10500 KM / DAY 123 / JULY 17, 2011 - 02:46 / ALTOS DE FLORIDA, SOACHA, COLOMBIA
If there is one city in the world with a very high number of refugees, it is Bogota, the capital of Colombia. Nobody knows exactly how many, estimates are close to half a million. So for me, it seems the right place to work on a migration story. But it`s hard. Bogota is so big that in terms of time, getting from the north to the south of the city is like going from the north to the south of the entire country of the Netherlands.
I want to tell a story of a recently `displaced` community (officially, you are only called a `refugee` when you cross a country border). Through Alex, the community leader in the area of Altos de Florida, I try to get in touch with people who have recently fled to Bogota. But soon, I realize that this might not be the right place for the story. Bogota is not the first stop after people flee. They first go to their provincial capital, maybe to family and often a long time after they come to Bogota. I am running out of time, so I decide to go to Neiva the next day, a city six hours south of Bogota, which currently receives many refugees. Peace in this country is still far away...
DAY 363 FINAL DESTINATION