Steven Grattan

Steven Grattan

Steven Grattan is a freelance journalist from Northern Ireland who has been based in Bogota, Colombia, since 2013. He has covered Colombian elections, Venezuelan migration, general news and politics and has a particular interest in human rights and LGBTQ stories.

Colombia

Colombia's lower house rejects Duque's changes to peace tribunal

Colombia's lower house voted 110-44 to turn down the suggested changes in latest congressional defeat to the president.

Colombia's lower house rejects Duque's changes to peace tribunal

Venezuela

Venezuelan students use risky crossings to get to Colombia school

Border closure forced many children to use armed group-controlled trails to attend classes in the neighbouring country.

Venezuelan students use risky crossings to get to Colombia school

Venezuela

For some Venezuelan migrants, blackout was 'the last straw'

Those fleeing Venezuela say it's nearly impossible to cope with the blackout, now in its fifth day.

For some Venezuelan migrants, blackout was 'the last straw'

Colombia

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

As Venezuelans pour across the border, health workers in Colombia's Cucuta say that hospitals are at a breaking point.

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

Venezuela

Venezuelans risk 'dangerous' trek as official borders remain shut

More Venezuelans are crossing armed group-controlled 'trochas' as main borders remain closed, rights groups say.

Venezuelans risk 'dangerous' trek as official borders remain shut

Latin America

Venezuela military defector: I'll keep fighting for our freedom

Although hundreds have defected, analysts say until there're breaks in upper ranks, there'll be little effect on Maduro.

Venezuela military defector: I'll keep fighting for our freedom

Latin America

US ramps up pressure on Maduro with fresh sanctions

US announces sanctions on four state governors, asks Latin American countries to step up pressure on Venezuela's Maduro.

US ramps up pressure on Maduro with fresh sanctions

LGBT

Colombia's 'Madonna' helps LGBTQ people fleeing Venezuela

For Madonna Badillo, a life of discrimination and hardship motivates her to help LGBTQ Venezuelans in need of a home.

Colombia's 'Madonna' helps LGBTQ people fleeing Venezuela

Latin America

Volunteers ready US aid for Venezuela, Maduro vows to block it

Volunteers prepare assistance packets as Maduro describes the aid as ‘fake', part of coup attempt.

Volunteers ready US aid for Venezuela, Maduro vows to block it

Latin America

US aid arrives at Colombia border despite Maduro rejection

Convoy carrying food and medicines reaches Colombia's Cucuta a day after Venezuela barricades its side of the border.

US aid arrives at Colombia border despite Maduro rejection