Their North is the South 2020

Everyone who sees them is surprised at their pale skin and fair hair, their enormous houses and their automated tractors. And also the way they talk. Some locals call them “the Germans”, but in truth they come from Mexico; the thirty Mennonite families who emigrated to Colombia in 2016 and founded Liviney, the youngest colony in their religious community to date. They are descendants of those German, Swiss and Dutch Anabaptists who, once upon a time, fled persecution halfway round the planet. They settled here, where the state lets them build their own churches and schools, there is plenty of land and enough labour and the grain grows so quickly in the moist savannah that they are able to produce two harvests a year.

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