Andrew J. Wight is an Australian journalist based in Medellín, Colombia. His bylines include The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, The Daily Telegraph and Nature in the U.K., and NBC News, among other outlets.

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Real Lockdowns and Virtual Mass: One Country's COVID Containment Strategy

by Andrew J. Wight 03-31-2020

People buy supplies in a local store after health authorities found a positive patient of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the nearby city of Metapan, in Texistepeque, El Salvador, March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

Priests, doctors, and journalists there told Sojourners the Central American country of just 6 million people has had one of the most robust responses in the world to COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Where Indigenous Women Take Lead on Land Rights, Communities Thrive

by Andrew J. Wight 03-06-2020

Indigenous women leaders gather at FENAMAD headquarters in Puerto Maldonado, Peru on Sept. 3, 2019. Photo by Andrew J Wight for Sojourners

Across the globe, women are on the front lines of protecting traditional and Indigenous land from threats like mining, ranching, and a range of other challenges – but they often struggle to have their own rights to these lands recognized and respected. But in some places, the church is stepping in.

Indigenous Women's Agro-Ecology Is Healing Guatemala's Landscape

by Andrew J. Wight 01-29-2020

A burial mound and monument to the dozens of victims of one of the Rio Negro massacres in the 1980s, in a cemetery outside Rabinal, Lower Verapaz, Guatemala, on Jan. 7, 2020. Credit: Andrew J. Wight

The rise of Indigenous-led conservation models holds promise. 

Women Forge New Path for Catholic Church in Amazon

by Andrew J. Wight 11-04-2019

Brazilian indigenous leaders proceed out of Saint Peter's Basilica after the closing mass of the Amazon synod on Oct. 27, 2019. Credit: Andrew J Wight

Indigenous women from Amazon basin nations spoke with high-level clergy at the Amazon Synod. 

Indigenous Women in the Peruvian Amazon Are Leading the Fight for Rights

by Andrew J. Wight 09-18-2019

Members of the Azaire indigenous community in their traditional dress, in front of their fish farming ponds in Madre de Dios region, Peru on Sept. 1, 2019. Credit: Andrew J Wight

More than two dozen indigenous women leaders from across the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon met to share their experiences.

Colombian Indigenous Students Blast Into Solar Future

by Andrew J. Wight 06-05-2019

Wayuú student shows the solar cell he built in a science workshop at the Ricardo Gomez School in Manaure, La Guajira, Colombia. Photo credit: Daniel López @dlopezphotography

On June 20, a rocket is scheduled to blast off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA, carrying a precious cargo: a solar cell science project from Nestor Epinayu, 16, and his fellow science club members from a small indigenous community in Colombia. More than just a children's science project, solar energy plays a huge role in bringing electricity to this community in La Guajira, on the border with Venezuela.

Girls’ Love of Science Takes Root in Rural Colombia

by Andrew J. Wight 03-05-2019

Daniela Benavides, 12, Anye Manco, 15, and Shirley Moreno, 15, are three of the female students in the Robotronics team at the Luis Maria Jimenez school in Aguazul municipality, Casanare, Colombia. Photos by Andrew J. Wight for Sojourners.

In an isolated part of Colombia better known for rice, pineapples, and paramilitaries, something else is taking root: the next generation of female scientists. In 2016, Colombia’s government signed a peace treaty with the FARC guerilla group to bring an end to the country’s 50-year civil conflict — but the scars and traumas of that era echo throughout the countryside. As Sojourners visited the tiny town of San José del Bubuy, in Casanare department (state), physicist turned school teacher Jhon Vega tells of some of the challenges in this new era.

In a Collapsing Venezuela, Kids Are Crossing the Border to Get an Education

by Andrew J. Wight 12-12-2018

Photo courtesy Andrew J. Wight

At the hectic border crossing between La Guajira department in Colombia and Zulia state in Venezuela, there are a surprising number of kids in school uniforms – niños pendulares, or pendulum kids.