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With the highest number of living species per area in the world, Colombia is arguably the most biodiverse country on the planet. Yet, Colombia suffers the world's longest-running civil conflict. Fueled by illicit drug production, guerilla groups, paramilitary militias and the army battle each other for control of territory. More than 100,000 civilians have been killed since 1980, and, in 2005, at least three million people were internally displaced. No part of the country is untouched by the war.

Colombia is geographically unique in the Latin America and the world. It is the only South American country with a Caribbean and Pacific coastline. The Chocó region of the Pacific northwest is the rainiest place on earth and has one of the highest rates of endemism and ...

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