Why people don't give up

JINETH Bedoya doesn't think of herself as a heroine, but her courage inspires me. A journalist in Bogota, Colombia, Bedoya goes to work each day under armed guard. Last year, eight journalists lost their lives reporting on the drug trade and the long civil war there. Bedoya herself survived a brutal attack last year and still refuses to give up her work.

The tenacity so many Colombians have shown through their country's long struggle is deeply impressive. While the situation has improved in many ways in the last ten years, Bedoya's story reminds me that day after day, year after year, people worldwide face intimidation and keep on working for truth and justice.

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March 19, 2001

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