Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez lead the first left-wing government to win power in Colombia.
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Colombia has elected its first left-wing government, led by a former guerrilla fighter and a female black activist.
Olmedo Vega spent 35 years as a FARC guerrilla commander before moving to the Agua Bonita demobilisation camp.
Photograph: Juan Pablo Valderrama
The outcome of Colombia’s presidential election has major implications for the survival of its historic peace deal, and the prospects of former combatants who have committed to a life without conflict
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia members stand in southwestern Colombia on January 17, 2017. These FARC soldiers were among the 5,700 fighters who demobilized after the 2016 peace agreement.
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The U.S. State Department rarely removes terrorist groups from its Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. Most terrorist groups, unlike the Colombian FARC, don’t want to put down their weapons.
A FARC rebel holds her four-month-old daughter Manuela outside her tent at a rebel camp in a demobilization zone in La Carmelita, Colombia, in 2017.
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Reintegration is a gendered phenomenon — women, men and LGBTQ+ people experience it differently.
The funeral of Nicholas Suarez, who was murdered with four other students in Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, January 2021.
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Despite a landmark deal in 2016 which brought an end to five decades of conflict, an upsurge in mass killings is threatening peace in Colombia.
FARC members construct a camp in a transition zone in 2017.
Interviews with former fighters show the pandemic is putting a fragile peace process under strain.
Colombian soldiers patrol the streets of Bogota on March 30, 2020, during a mandatory national quarantine.
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A nationally mandated quarantine isn’t keeping Colombia’s armed groups at home. Despite calls for a ceasefire, they are still killing activists, threatening humanitarian workers and seizing aid.
More than 2,000 women were processed through demobilization camps in Colombia as the government transitions disarmed FARC guerrillas back into civilian life, Jan. 18, 2017.
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Small business grants are supposed to help Colombia’s disarmed FARC fighters start new lives as entrepreneurs. But interviews with 12 female ex-insurgents suggests the government plan may fail women.
Police protect a judicial complex where former FARC rebel leader Seuxis Hernandez was standing trial on May 20, 2019. The former peace negotiator has been arrested on drug charges and is now fighting extradition to the United States.
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Colombia’s new president opposes the 2016 peace deal with the FARC guerrillas. As trust between the government and militants erodes, at least 1,700 former insurgents have returned to armed struggle.
Is helping populate the caliphate an innocent act?
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Hundreds of thousands of women helped the Nazi cause. Few ever faced justice.
Crossing the river to Colombia.
Cross border security is at serious risk. So are the lives of the people who live there.
A police officer and an onlooker embrace after a car bomb killed 21 soldiers in Bogotá, Colombia, on Jan. 17, 2019.
A 2016 accord with the FARC guerrillas was supposed to end Colombia’s 52-year civil war. But a deadly car bomb in Bogotá shows that armed insurgents still threaten the South American country.
University students ask for a higher budget for public higher education.
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Strikes and rallies have gripped Colombia for months. That’s bad news for its new government but a sign of progress in a country that had little tolerance for dissent during its 52-year civil war.
The future of Colombia’s fragile peace process is now in doubt.
In the most peaceful election in their modern history, Colombians have elected as their next president a conservative who will renegotiate the country’s fragile 2016 accord with the FARC guerrillas.
A deluge of information isn’t the way to win people over.
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The Colombian government has learned the hard way that simply explaining a complex deal to people won’t win them over.
Colombia ended its 52-year conflict with the FARC guerrillas in late 2016. The next president must decide whether to uphold the deal.
AP Photo/Ivan Valencia
Two candidates from Colombia’s May 27 presidential vote will face off on June 17. One is a former guerrilla. The other is a hard-liner. Their views for the nation’s future couldn’t be more different.
Colombian soldiers at a concert tribute to the army.
As reports of crimes against humanity mount, Colombia’s post-conflict justice system is still moving desperately slowly.
The FARC is out of the running for Colombia’s president. Who gets their votes?
A former FARC rebel commander-turned- presidential candidate has withdrawn from Colombia’s 2018 election. Despite increased violence, the peace accord he signed will probably survive this setback.
El Cocuy National Park.
One of Colombia’s most beautiful areas, El Cocuy National Natural Park was for years too dangerous to visit. No more.
Get a move on.
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Some of the crucial mechanisms meant to deliver peace in Colombia have yet to be set up.