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. 


“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

Colombia’s Hidden Killers – Part 1

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was founded five decades ago as a Marxist people’s army fighting against capitalist imperialism and Colombia’s often-brutal government. And they’ve been fighting a protracted bloody war ever since. In recent years, FARC has devolved into a guerrilla force that threatens the very people it originally sought to protect. Why? Because in order to secure their dwindling territory and lucrative coca fields, FARC has buried thousands of land mines in civilian areas. Since 1990, there have been over 10,000 land mine victims in Colombia, the second-most in the world behind Afghanistan.

FARC and the government have been negotiating peace for the past six months, and FARC’s potential demobilization could yield a transformative moment in Colombian history. But the scars of 50 years of conflict, and 50 years of land mines, can’t be so easily erased. We traveled to Colombia to speak with land mine victims and to see first hand how around 7,000 FARC guerilla have held off over 300,000 Colombian soldiers for so many years.

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COLOMBIA. Antioquia state. January 6, 2016. Juliana, a 20-year-old rebel fighter for the 36th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rests from a trek in the northwest Andes of Colombia. Like many of her comrades in arms, her path to the FARC was born as much from personal tragedy as political ideology. In her case, she fled an impoverished home at age 16 and followed in the footsteps of an uncle after being raped by her stepfather. 

Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP

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.

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.

Transitional Justice and Colombia’s Peace Talks | Latin America Report No. 49

In its latest report, Transitional Justice and Colombia’s Peace Talks, the International Crisis Group proposes a model for transitional justice in the context of the promising negotiations between the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to end decades of civil conflict. This requires that both sides confront highly sensitive issues, but a comprehensive transitional justice agreement is key to the ultimate acceptance of a peace accord by the courts, the Congress, and the Colombian people.


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