Living in the Sewers of Bogota

Living in the Sewers of Bogota

Ratings: 8.30/10 from 40 users.

Living in the Sewers of BogotaVICE takes a trip to Bogota, Colombia's most inhabited sewers. This documentary basically is covering the life of the lower class, poor children in Bogota, Colombia.

Often those children are badly abused and neglected, and then they move into the sewers to live.

No light, fresh feces, rats, fear of being swept away by the currents when it rains, and fear of the death squads coming after you in the middle of the night to shoot, rape, and burn you alive.

The death squads are made up of police, paramilitary, and rich businessmen or their lackeys, and their purpose is to create a "social cleansing." They literally open up manholes and start firing, or worse, they pour in gasoline and set it ablaze.

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6 years ago

Fairgoose...Your empathy, compassion and truthful voice touched my soul. God bless the impoverished human beings and their beautiful pets 'forced' to live underground by their dispicable leaders. God bless!

9 years ago

Great Documentary. Really shows how you shouldn't take anything for gran it in life. It is insane people live like this.

10 years ago

tell me more plz how socialism is bad & dos not work and how wonderful capitalism is.

10 years ago

anyone who thinks that these people chose to live this way obviously wasn't paying attention to the film. Yes, all of the people he spoke to were adults, but they weren't adults when they started living in the sewers. They left as small children to escape abuseful and neglectful homes. Becoming drug addicts was a direct result of having to live in the sewers because it's the only way to forget about or at least be somewhat ok with having to live like that. I just cannot comprehend how people can be so selfish and uncaring towards other human's disgusting. They sewer people aren't the disgusting human beings...they're trying to do the best the can with the cards they've been dealt. The death sqaunds and uncompassionate people are the ones who are truely disgusting and utterly dispicable human beings.

10 years ago

Bunch of drug addicts that have chosen to live that life coupled with an uninformed, rude and idiotic kid as a presenter makes for a complete waste of my time. This website should have vetted this video and instead of putting it up, drop it in the sewer where it belongs. Complete waste of time and resources.

10 years ago

This was a VERY amatuerish attempt at something but I have no clue what other than presenting a 'host' who seemed to be nothing more than a kid out on prom night looking for a thrill after his girlfriend went home early.
The Dr who DID have professional information and insight into every aspect of these people was completely dismissed and finally abandoned all so we could see the wide-eyed fear on the 'host' who was more concerned with his safety than the people or the story itself. I kept watching hoping that some FACTS might come out of the tale rather than the hosts dramatic emotional problems being highlighted. BOO HISS to the hilt kid. Go back to math class or something and leave the reporting to grown ups with balls AND a vocabulary that doesnt include curses everytime you have nothing to every 3 minutes.

10 years ago

An extremely interesting topic but wasn't done justice by the presenter's lack of professionalism. Vice documentaries always look like they have so much potential but the presenters seem so concerned with their coolness factor.

Danielle Sanchez
10 years ago

this documentary sucked and nobody who wants to be taken seriously on a documentary uses bad words in the presentation. very poor...

10 years ago

This was pretty much a bunch of nothing. I didn't see any children or death squads... I guess we have to take the foul mouthed VICE guy's word for it. I saw drug addicts who have no jobs except for cashing in recyclables. They are in the sewers because they want to be.

10 years ago

Vice docs used to be worthy of attention. Not anymore. They either dont care, or have soldout.

10 years ago

I don't see how you can condense this issue into 25 minutes, feels like it's already a wast of time.

10 years ago

I'm always glad to see new VICE documentaries. Thanks for putting them up! I find them to be a tad sensationalist at times, and the quality can vary greatly depending on the presenter. This one was interesting but I wonder about the other sides of the story.

10 years ago

death squads targetting lawless folks is a long standing american tradition. the pinkertons doggedly pursued the various train robbers (and union organizers) for the railroads. vigilance commitees strung up various classes of livestock thieves. all manner of industry financed "goon squads" to also deter the "red menace" of the unions. various us cities had police units entirely devoted to "gang elimination" who, for the most part, controlled them by gunning them down (NYPDs "office of special services", the parent unit of the one currently spying on mosques, coffee shops, and hallal butchers was assigned such duty in the late 1950s. if they couldnt hang a life sentence or seat in the electric chair on them, they shot them down wherever they could be found. the tactic eliminated real gang influence until the crack epidemic of the 80s, and wearing of "colors" until the "thug revival" of the mid 90s). we nortenos may cling to a notion of being "more civilized" yet a few times a year my local PD gun down some unarmed jr gangbanger in his driveway. the lives of the "dregs of society" tend to have little value, no matter what locale.

10 years ago

reminds me of my city...only more ²bar's² & better looking people !

10 years ago

The people of Columbia support and tolerate this horrible
system. They should be ashamed ... all internatioal aid and
support to this country should be discontinued until they
clean up this filthy situation......

10 years ago

Great Documentary.

Normally our biggest issue is What do do with our free time.

10 years ago

there are laws in the US and Europe to protect us from the worst of this stuff. Even so, harming the defenseless is widespread, even here and in Europe. If I were you, reading this, I'd think long and hard about the thin veil of societal laws that protect us all. Because, there is no moral imperative, you can bet your ass on that. Get a copy of the Constitution and kiss it.

10 years ago

lol @ society for child death squards.

Arguably one of the most pathetically ridiculous things I have ever heard of...

Im gonna assume that these people are flagging themselves as "M early Fighting The Good Fight"... along side all the other freedom fighters and vigilantes in the world.

I wonder what the internal suicide rate in these groups is.

10 years ago

Im an alien and i dont get this planet.

10 years ago

Bad enough that nothing is done to help the kids but to allow death squads and police to kill them, what the hell? They don't even pretend to care, it's like rentokill, pest control. Sick. :(