Hazeltine recipient Hali Tauxe reports on local communities and peace in Colombia
Hali Tauxe, recipient of the 2023 Ross Hazeltine Travel Scholarship, spent over five months in Colombia. She reported on the rural and Indigenous communities, human rights movements, and the status of the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian federal government.
During her time in Colombia, Tauxe collaborated with the independent media outlet El Cuarto Mosquetero, which serves to amplify the voices of the communities outside of the larger cities like Bogotá. Her aim was to experience Colombia outside of the tourist bubble.
Tauxe published several stories with El Cuarto, including:
“¿Qué le espera a la población firmante de paz en el ETCR Mariana Páez tras amenazas de actores armados?” | “Petro: Zones of transition, but toward what?”
Tauxe follows the forced displacement of former FARC combatants by armed groups in Mesetas, Meta, Colombia and the response of the president, Gustavo Petro, regarding these events and the 2016 peace accords.
“Comunidades indígenas de la Orinoquía: entre la violencia y el abandono estatal” | “Indigenous communities of the Orinoquía: between violence and state abandonment”
For this article, Tauxe visits indigenous communities in heavily disputed territories, shedding light on some of the struggles they face over the ownership of the land.
Tauxe has several other published works with El Cuarto, and her photographs have also been featured on Instagram and in an investigation titled “Hambre e incertidumbre en territorios cocaleros.” English translations of all her articles can be accessed on her website. Tauxe’s other works include:
- “Se mantiene la asamblea permanente de indígenas por graves violaciones a derechos humanos” | “National Indigenous Movement maintains permanent assembly in response to grave human rights violations”
- “Un día de tallerista con reporteritos y reporteritas populares de Soacha” | “A day with the junior reporters of Soacha”
- An article about one of El Cuarto’s partners, Voces del Guayabero, published by the International Center for Journalists’ IJNET, “In a remote region of Colombia, a reporting collaboration sheds light on harsh realities”