A murder victim lies unattended in a Bogota hospital's emergency room. "People come up with a lot of ways to hurt each other," says Jorge Rueda Torres, a young intern. "It terrifies you."
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"We are exterminating our youth"
With a bullet in his head at 17, Jimmy Botero is one of thousands of young men killed every year in this bloody city
Terrorist bombings have become commonplace
Street people are targets of "social cleansing"
Thousands trek to the grave of drug boss Pablo Escobar
San Jose Apartado:
Hundreds of refugees from Colombia's civil war are marooned in this village while various factions wage cat-and-mouse warfare in the surrounding hills.
Fueled by oil and fed by the civil war, a maelstrom of violence builds in the cattle country surrounding this boom town.
Civil war unchecked for 35 years
A litany of bloodshed, recited for centuries
Home-grown law enforcement thrives across Colombia
Searching for ways to stop the violence occupies many
Assassin has faith in God: Killers in Colombia find religion
Dudley Althaus, the Chronicle's Mexico City bureau chief, has covered Latin America for 13 years. He is the recipient of the distinguished Maria Coors Cabot Prize for his body of work. Dave Einsel, director of photography, has won national and state awards for photojournalism. Other staffers: Darlene Stinson, project editor; Hank Glamann, coordinating editor, Susan Barber, designer; Bruce Oren, graphic artist; Ernie Williamson, art director; David Foltyn and Pattie Harrington, electronic imagers; Fernando Dovalina and Chris Shively, supervising editors. Marla Cloud, interactive site design.