ESSAY Jon Gower

NWR Issue 97

In Cartagena

Some of the barrios outside of the colombian city of Cartagena are devastatingly poor. A quarter of the city’s million or so inhabitants eke out lives there of stultifying poverty. Not that you’d know anything about it if you were staying within the walls of the old city, in the World Heritage Site, with its cruise liner tourists, Europop discotheques and chi chi boutiques. Where the main Hay Festival holds its events.

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