Colombia: Cocaine City

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Reporter Hamida Ghafour and producer James Brabazon travel to one of the strangest, wildest cities on earth - Buenaventura, on Colombia's Pacific coast.


There is little running water or electricity in Buenaventura and housing is so scarce that people have constructed whole neighbourhoods of shacks built on stilts. Over the last two years violent death has become an everyday fact in this city of around 300,000 people. Everyone is affected, almost everyone has lost someone.


Ghafour sets out to uncover what's behind the violence and the rules by which people in the city must live. She quickly learns this town is at the centre of the Colombian cocaine trade, controlled by private armies working for the cartels who make millions of dollars shipping their drugs to America…

First Broadcast

November 2, 2007

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Producer Director

James Brabazon


Reporter

Hamida Ghafour

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews

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