Latin America/Caribbean

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By Sara Ritchie Nineteen months into the peace talks with FARC, President Juan Santos won reelection on a platform that promoted peace and promised an end to the armed conflict in Colombia. His message was well-received among Colombian voters, giving him a 900,000 vote advantage over his opponent, Óscar Iván Zuluaga, who openly attacked the…

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Landmines planted by FARC claim thousands of lives The five decade-long guerrilla war of Colombia has not only seized the political landscape, but the physical landscape as well. Covering vast territories with landmines became a prominent war strategy in the mid-2000s, mostly employed by the FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla group. As a result, landmines…

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