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Traditional Colombian Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Lucy Klopp wore a typical outfit from Colombia in South America, from the region of Huila, located in the SW territory. The dress is composed of different pieces: a bouquet of artificial flowers for the head, blouse, skirt with flowers and golden slippers.

Fashion of Colombia

Fashion of Colombia

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show

Young Athletes from Colombia at Continental Cup in Cleveland

The Continental Cup, put on by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, is now in its 10th year and the 2015 event had 3300 athletes from 11 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Mongolia, China, Bermuda, China, Colombia, Canada, Brazil, Nepal and Greece.

Parade of Athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young Athletes from Colombia at Continental Cup in Cleveland

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Organizations and Resources for Colombians in Cleveland

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Business, Education and Employment Information

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Colombian History and Culture

Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s.

More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces.

In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments.

Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

(Facts courtesy of the CIA World Factbook)

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Profiles of Colombians in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Maria Pujana
Realistic Optimist who combines her passions for Art and Science

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