Understanding violence in Colombia: interview with Jorge Restrepo

First published 25th Oct 2011

In this interview Jorge Restrepo, Director of the Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC) in Bogotá, Colombia, discusses the work of his organisation to document the violence of the Colombian civil conflict.

Violence is a major issue in Colombia: according to CERAC’s research in 2006, between 1979 and 2005 more than 475,000 people were killed by the use of firearms in organized and petty crime, and in the ongoing conflict between the state and the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). CERAC is a member of the International Practitioner Network (IPN).

John Sloboda of Oxford Research Group's everycasualty programme interviewed Jorge Restrepo on a trip to Bogotá, Colombia, on 15th March 2011. You can listen to the interview or read the full transcript below: