For part of his life, Pablo Escobar lived in Envigado, a suburb of Medellin, Colombia. It was here that he met his wife and many of his friends. This image depicts the area of Envigado's town square. Image online via Discover Colombia.


Desiring to become a politician, Pablo Escobar started talking about this political beliefs (even after he had decided that politics, per se, was not the life for him).

We can learn about Escobar’s political philosophy from his own words:

The ideology of our movement is civic mindedness, nationalism and social, ecological and sports programs. (From “Pablo Escobar's Private Archive”.)

In a speech to a gathered crowd, where he touts social projects for Medellin and the neighboring areas, Escobar says it’s important to touch the heart of every housewife:

Through our program we would like to ask every citizen to practice civic mindedness. We want to touch every housewife’s heart so they don’t buy foreign products and support national industry that employs Colombians. (“Pablo Escobar's Private Archive”.)

One of Pablo’s social plans was to provide electrical lighting for evening soccer (football) games in the Flores de Envigado neighborhood. The media provided news about the event, and the other dozen soccer fields which were now lighted, thanks to Escobar.

It was actually far more than a dozen fields which benefitted from Pablo’s “civic mindedness,” according to Escobar’s cousin, Jaime Gaviria:

We provided lighting to 40 fields in poor neighborhoods. (From interview included in “Pablo Escobar's Private Archive”.)

At one of those dedications, the crowd praised Escobar, shouting:

Long Live Pablo Escobar Gaviria! This is a project of “Civismo en Marcha” by Pablo Escobar Gaviria, the People’s leader, the man who works for honest people. (From interview included in “Pablo Escobar's Private Archive”.)

One of his key projects, to benefit the local people, was known as “Medellin without Slums.”  Escobar got the idea after sixty to eighty slums caught fire in the Moravia area of Medellin.

Setting aside the human tragedy, which was horrendous, Jaime (Escobar’s cousin) describes how Pablo brought about significant change for these now-homeless people:

The man who led things in that dump came. They called him “Freckly” [because of all his facial freckles]. We spoke to him for about an hour, and I told him what Pablo told me.  Pablo said “Talk to Jamie and whatever you need you will have.” (From interview included in “Pablo Escobar's Private Archive”.)

Thereafter, Pablo promised to create a brand new neighborhood for all the people who had been living on the dump site.  Then he made it happen, further endearing himself to the downtrodden people living in the Medellin area.

Even better, for Pablo and his growing reputation, he convinced a national news correspondent to cover the story of his generosity. The highly respected journalist promptly fell in love with Escobar.

By telling the story of his plans and works for the people, Pablo could “buy his way” into Colombia’s national political scene.

That was his next move.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Sep 05, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

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