Americas Who controls Medellín? Fragile peace in Colombia's 'model' city

Medellín has become emblematic of Colombia's dramatic transformation over the past decade. But try telling that to residents of the city's slums.

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The labyrinth of streets making up Medellín’s hillside slums are filled with what locals here call an “apparent calm.” Food vendors are out in force, music blares from bars and shops, and old men sit outside sipping tiny plastic cups of coffee, watching the world go by. But behind these everyday scenes is the knowledge the peace in Colombia's second-largest city could shatter at any moment.