After The Bronx falls in Bogota, homelessness persists

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When Bogota’s new mayor Enrique Peñalosa took office in early 2016, he vowed to take down crime in the Colombian capital.

One of his first offensives was a raid into The Bronx, the city’s most dangerous slum, and a place plagued by drugs, weapons and savage violence.

The raid concluded with the evacuation of cartels and criminal gangs, but it also uncovered a complex reality: thousands of people were living in The Bronx, without a home.

Correspondent Michelle Begue explores homelessness in Bogota.

After The Bronx falls in Bogota, homelessness persists

After The Bronx falls in Bogota, homelessness persists

When Bogota’s new mayor Enrique Peñalosa took office in early 2016, he vowed to take down crime in the Colombian capital. One of his first offensives was a raid into The Bronx, the city’s most dangerous slum, and a place plagued by drugs, weapons and savage violence. The raid concluded with the evacuation of cartels and criminal gangs, but it also uncovered a complex reality: thousands of people were living in The Bronx, without a home. Correspondent Michelle Begue explores homelessness in Bogota.
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