The Colombia rebels, the FARC, fought an insurgency against the government from 1964 to 2017. It will be difficult for thousands of their fighters to reintegrate into civilian society. Many will turn to crime.
The process of integrating leftist rebels into Colombian society after more than 50 years of war isn’t going well and could impact the peace agreement, the U.N.’s deputy human rights chief said Friday.
Andrew Gilmour, who visited Colombia last week, warned that if rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, don’t become part of Colombian society “there is a strong chance that they will go back to something worse.”
He told a small group of reporters that he has seen in Africa and elsewhere that when fighters aren’t reintegrated “the peace itself is not sustainable.”
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Colombia (CO) is estimated to have a population of 48.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 2.5 million.