A Little Bit of Context: Understanding the Daunting, Momentous Changes in the Journey Towards Peace in Colombia
Andrei Gómez-Suárez, professor and expert on Transitional Justice as well as member of Rodeemos el Diálogo, provides some context on the challenges Colombia faces. He writes in PACIFISTA
How can we account for the complexity of the great transformation that Colombia is undergoing thanks to the implementation of the peace agreement between FARC and the government? How to explain to millions of people that despite the setbacks the process is moving forward and little by little practices and logics are being dismantled that once perpetuated the armed conflict? How to make a fair description that reveals the challenges, recognizing the achievements, so that civil society, not only the social movements, proactively engage in peacebuilding?
The great transformation that the country is experiencing is difficult to understand. Old practices and logic coexist with new goals and expectations. Within this ambiguity, there are thousands of people today involved in peacebuilding: from the left to the right, from civil society and state institutions to the international community. However, they are not milimetrically articulated, that will be, hopefully, a result of the success of the transition. Therefore, a major challenge for a public opinion that’s responsible for reconciliation is to avoid light judgments based exclusively on difficulties, ignoring the great efforts of multiple sectors to make the implementation of the government-FARC peace agreement a reality. Andrei Gómez-Suárez, PACIFISTA