Tracking the FARC in the Ecuadoran Jungle

Hats off to Joshua Paltrow for two WaPo pieces describing six days trekking through the Ecuadoran rainforest with an Ecuadoran Army patrol in search of FARC guerillas along the Colombian border. I spent some time in the Ecuadoran rainforest, but unlike Paltrow (who was advised by an Ecuadoran colonel, “Don’t worry about the snakes. Worry about the guerrillas.”), all I had to worry about was the jungle. And the soldier Paltrow cites pretty much sums it up: “The jungle is beautiful,” one soldier remarked. “But everything bites.” Another thing that resonated for me was the soldier, a rainforest Indian, who […]

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