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Bogota’s bibliophile trash collector who rescues books
Activists / Al Jazeera / Collectors / Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Journalism Fellowship

Bogota’s bibliophile trash collector who rescues books

Bogota, Colombia – Finding Anna Karenina in the rubbish would change Jose Alberto Gutierrez’s life. It was 20 years ago, but Jose still remembers first glimpsing the Russian classic by Leo Tolstoy in the rubbish outside a home in Bogota’s Bolivia neighbourhood. The rubbish collector loaded his truck with the rest of the waste, but took … Continue reading

A lesson from Colombia: how to defeat exotic frog smugglers
Collectors / Conservationists / Scientists / Vice

A lesson from Colombia: how to defeat exotic frog smugglers

The first time, it was 400 frogs in a backpack. It was 1998 or perhaps 1999, and Colombian conservationist Ivan Lozano-Ortega was working at the Bogota Wildlife Rescue Centre—a drop-off point for the authorities who confiscated living animals from smugglers. Their catch that day had been a batch of poison frogs. “The frogs were in … Continue reading

Sri Lanka’s antivenom leap forward
Al Jazeera / Healthcare professionals / Researchers / Scientists

Sri Lanka’s antivenom leap forward

Colombo, Sri Lanka – In 2006, a Russell’s viper sank one fang into Sanath Weeraratne’s left hand. Weeraratne immediately started to bleed profusely as the anticoagulant properties in the venom took effect. He knew what could come next: more bleeding from the rectum and the gums and blood-stained vomit. The blood could seep into the … Continue reading