A Weekend With FARC: As Peace Takes Hold, Guerrilla Transitional Camps Open to Tourism (S)
Foreigners, students and ordinary the “chiva” (jitney) to the Transitional Zones with one single purpose: To spend a day with the oldest guerrilla in the world. For many it was the first time they had seen a guerrilla fighter. They had never been close to the war, and this caravan, like other peace caravans, granted them the opportunity to meet the much-feared FARC. Those reaching the camp by the “chiva” include university students, relatives of guerrillas, foreigners. The meeting point is the Transitional Zone of La Elvira — located in the mountain range formerly area of operations for the Alfonso Cano Western Block, led by one of the negotiators in Havana, Pablo Catumbo — is a space supervised by the UN where there are no weapons or camo uniforms. The guerrillas, who are undergoing the process of laying down their weapons, begin to interact with a country that was foreign to them. They now prepare for their new lives. Juan José Jaramillo, Las2Orillas.