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Fresh kidnapping by dissident rebel group rocks Ecuador

Ecuador’s government has received a video from Guacho, otherwise known as Walter Artízala. He was a member of a Colombian rebel group, but abandoned it once it signed a peace deal. The video shows a couple bounded by rope asking President Moreno to help them. Previously, two journalists and their …

Colombia Starts Probing War Crimes as Part of Peace Deal

Ex-combatants from the Revolution Armed Force of Colombia have confessed to serious crimes, as well as members of the nation’s armed forces. They are being held accountable for the conflict between leftist rebels, the state, and paramilitary groups. Since signing a peace treaty with FARC in 2016 they are slowly being …

Former FARC Rebels Face The Ballot In Colombia Congressional Elections

Sophie Obert https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/11/592725607/former-farc-rebels-face-the-ballot-in-colombia-congressional-elections One of Colombia’s FARC guerrilla groups is now a registered party on their upcoming ballot. Although they officially became a party back in 2016, they will be officially recognized by Colombia’s electoral college. To become a party, they had to hand over their weapons to the United …

Christmas In February

Makiah Faulks The residents of Quinamayó, a village in Colombia, have been celebrating Christmas in February since slavery. The villagers chose to celebrate in February because they were not allowed to celebrate in December when they were enslaved. It is believed that a women should fast for at least 45 …

A FARC Rebel Commander Runs For President. Many Colombians Aren’t Ready To Forgive

Andrew Leonard https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/01/29/581553541/a-farc-rebel-commander-runs-for-president-many-colombians-arent-ready-to-forgive 4 February 2018 The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are a far left guerrilla movement. This group, listed on the International Terrorist Groups has committed many substantial crimes and caused a lot of harm to their innocent victims. Kidnapping for ransom and taking over villages were …

Venezuela Slams Nations for “Meddling” Over Protest Call

“Venezuela Slams Nation for “Meddling” Over Protest Call.” News, April 18, 2017, sec. Latin America & Caribbean. http://www.bbc.com/news/Veworld-latin-america-39629041. Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, criticized a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries that called on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peace protest,” as “rude meddling” on their part. The 11 …

Suspected Bombs from Bullfighting Protests | Bogota

Sara White February 19, 2017, Bogota explosion: Many injured in blast near bullring ,BBC Bogota, Colombia http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39023341 This article explains the unfortunate and unexpected event that occurred in Bogota, Colombia on Sunday. There was an explosion that went off in the city near a bullring. This raises suspicion greatly in the …

Colombia’s Farc rebels demobilization zones

On November 24th Colombia’s largest rebel group the Farc, signed a peace treaty with the Colombian government to end more than five decades of armed conflict. The rebels upon the treaty agreed to live in transition camps until May 31st.  Complaints of the living conditions of the camps have been …

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