MEDELLIN, Colombia: Greater than 100 Colombian former left-wing guerrillas and their relations have left an space designated for them following the homicide of 12 fellow ex-rebels elsewhere within the nation, the FARC stated Friday (Jan 31).
A historic peace deal signed with then-president Juan Manuel Santos in December 2016 noticed 1000’s of FARC rebels lay down their arms, and plenty of signed up for a reinsertion program in Ituango, a city in Colombia’s northwestern Antioquia division.
However along with a rash of violence all through the nation in opposition to the previous guerrillas, ensuing most lately within the 12 killed, many others have acquired threats.
“It has been determined that 62 (ex-fighters) and 45 relations, together with youngsters, will depart the territory to proceed their reinsertion… in peace,” stated FARC’s Medellin consultant Jesus Arenas.
The Antioquia division is rife with armed felony teams together with drug-traffickers, paramilitaries and dissident rebels who refused to surrender their battle after the peace accord.
In the previous couple of months, one other 60 ex-fighters have left the Ituango reinsertion territory for the departmental capital, Medellin, the place they dwell in “very precarious situations,” stated Arenas.
The newest exodus leaves solely round 20 former rebels dwelling in Ituango.
Arenas stated the group was in search of “new land in different” areas to settle in.
If they cannot discover someplace to settle within the subsequent two months, Arenas stated the group must be taken to a refugee camp.
The 2016 peace accord, which resulted in 13,000 rebels laying down arms, ended a half-century of armed battle and turned the FARC from marxist guerrillas right into a far-left political celebration.
Final 12 months was a very lethal one for ex-FARC rebels with 77 murdered, in line with the United Nations. A complete of 173 ex-rebels have been killed by armed teams for the reason that peace deal was signed.
Colombia’s Excessive Commissioner for Peace, Emilio Archila, stated the federal government had at all times acknowledged the Ituango territory has “safety issues” and wasn’t an acceptable house for the ex-rebels.