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Patricia Nieto and María Emma Wills in conversation with Karim Ganem Maloof

History for a better future

Cartagena 2023, 
A journalist and a political scientist both present books that deal with the recent history of Colombia, from a reporter’s point of view, in the case of Nieto, and as an essayist in the case of Wills. Telling this history is essential to the creation of a plural, peaceful future that includes voices other than those that traditionally constitute power. With Patricia Nieto (Colombia), a journalist who has won the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize and the José Martí Latin American Journalism Prize; her most recent book, Crónicas del paraíso (2022), is a compilation of thirty years of reporting on the war in Colombia, giving a face and a voice to the victims. And with María Emma Wills (Colombia), a political scientist and lecturer at the University of the Andes, advisor to the National Centre for Historical Memory, and also to the District Institute of Cultural Heritage, and a member of the Historical Commission on the Conflict and its Victims. Her book Memorias para la paz o memorias para la guerra is a reflection on the importance of telling a plural narrative of the events that constitute our history. In conversation with Karim Ganem Maloof.