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Más de 6 millones de victimas ha dejado la guerra en Colombia durante años y estos triple perros hijupuetas después de 2 años de negociaciones suspenden los diálogos de paz por el secuestro de UN general y las 6 millones de victimas qué, no les importa?!!!! creen que alcanzar la paz es un juego en el cual se puede pausar y retomar cuando se les de la maldita e hijueputa gana. Estoy indignado y tenia que expresarlo por acá. 

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“Born into Conflict” documents the lives of current and former child soldiers in Colombia. Here Colombian child soldiers blending with their environment.

Left-wing guerrillas have been waging a bloody war against the Colombian government and the population for the past fifty years. To carry on this conflict, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and emerging right-wing armed groups have been recruiting increasing numbers of children and youths. 

There is no precise data on the number of child combatants in Colombia, only estimates. Human Rights Watch places the figures as high as 11,000 child soldiers. About 3,500 former child soldiers have been ‘rehabilitated’ and reunited with their families. But most recruited children are afraid to speak about their experiences. Groups like the FARC have no leniency to children. Children who desert are often shot. 

As peace talks are underway in Habana, there has been no acknowledgment from FARC on recruiting child soldiers, nor pressure from the government to put an end to this practice.

Photograph: Juan Arredondo/Getty Images

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Canada, Mexico join UN peacekeeping operation in Colombia
Paulo Carreno King, Mexico’s undersecretary for North America, said he has held talks with senior Canadian officials about involving Canada in peacekeeping operations in Latin America under the UN mandate

Canada and Mexico are exploring joint participation in a United Nations peacekeeping operation in Colombia as part of a pending peace treaty to end a half-century-old guerrilla war.

Paulo Carreno King, Mexico’s undersecretary for North America, said he has held talks with senior Canadian officials about involving Canada in peacekeeping operations in Latin America under the UN mandate.

He cited Colombia as a country that Canada and Mexico discussed as a joint operation once a peace treaty is signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a conflict that has left 260,000 dead, 45,000 missing and 6.6 million uprooted.

The two sides have been negotiating a peace deal for more than three years in a bid to end the conflict.

A deadline for a final peace deal was missed in March, but Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said this month that his government hoped to conclude a peace deal with the FARC rebels “in the very near future.”

The Colombian government and FARC have asked the United Nations to provide an unarmed peacekeeping mission to verify a bilateral ceasefire and disarmament agreement.

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Can beauty queens help make world peace a reality?

Miss Universe Paulina Vega accepted an invitation to participate in peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC, a guerrilla organization. Vega, a native of Colombia, is one of many pageant winners using their crowns to spearhead political and social change. Though it’s uncertain whether her visit will be permitted under the pageant’s rules, Vega says she is “ready and willing to assist in any and all areas that will help promote further peace, stability and progress.”

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Colombian army soldier stands in the ruins of one of many towns destroyed by FARC rebels, late 90’s to early 2000’s.

A personal note: My hometown Ocaña was attacked as well the night of Halloween in 1998 back when I was 7, I was in the outskirts of the town and just remember the flares launched by the air force’s AC-47 Spooky planes looking for targets to attack (I though those were meteorites!), I was told latter on that the army eventually came and evacuated us inside the town, since the FARC rebels laid siege all night long, destroying a police station and various homes. That attack lead my parents to leave the town permanently a few months latter.

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After four years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) hope to sign a final peace agreement in 2016. In this video, Crisis Group’s former Colombia Senior Analyst Christian Voelkel explains Crisis Group’s 14-year-long engagement in ending a half century of deadly conflict.

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Rebellion is a response to the abuses of power

Seven years have passed by since Manuel Marulanda Vélez passed away. He was one of the founders and principal leader of the FARC-EP. Comandante Iván Márquez, head of the Peace Delegation, read a statement on behalf of the Central High Command in which he highlights the innate qualities of leadership and humanism of the guerrilla combatant.