The times of Jason Pino

More than 2,000 people die every year of violent deaths. Most of them are young people between 18 to 25 years old.

En Portada travelled to Colombia to learn about the reality behind these figures. The story will show who they are, where they live and why they die.

Jason Pino could be any of the 7,000 kids who are part of the “combos” in Medellin, criminal organizations responsible of extortions, murder-for-hire, threats, forced disappearance or drug trafficking, among others. His story could be the story of any other of his gang-mates who end up filling jails or graveyards. At the age of 8 he was hooked on marihuana and running errands for his bosses. He carried guns or drugs from one place to another, because the chiefs know kids cannot be charged and are immediately released if they are taken by the police.

With Jason, we discover how lives a “combo” kid, why they wake up and start living like if it was their last day on earth, why they enter a business that will, inevitably, end, as they say, putting a grave on their chest. With Jason, we find out how their family live this reality, but also their victim’s. Because reality is, that in Medellin, in Combia, there plenty of Jasons.




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