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Colombia | After decades of civil war, enviros & developers race to rule newly accessible wildlands

Brandishing automatic rifles, the guerilla fighters ordered Andrés Cuervo to leave his camping gear and research notes at the abandoned wooden house where he had been staying. One of the insurgents wrote “Do Not Touch: ELN” — the initials for the National Liberation Army — on a piece of paper and pinned it to the door with a fork as a warning.

The ornithology student, who had been doing field research deep in the Colombian jungle, had just been kidnapped.


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