It was a piece of ocean debris unlike anything the Caribbean currents had ever washed ashore before. But what was this giant pipe? Who did it belong to? And where did it come from?
As it turns out, the pipe’s story—and the secrets it carries—is far more intriguing than the islanders guessed.
The pipe was traced back to Cartagena, Colombia, more than 520 miles to the Southeast, and comes from one of the largest and most expensive municipal infrastructure projects to be undertaken by that country— the Cartagena Water Supply, Sewage and Environmental Project—a World Bank project steeped in controversy, scandal, and disaster.