Understanding FARC Membership: Results of Socio-Economic Survey Show a Predominantly Rural Origins (S)
[…] The first thing to clarify is this is not a population census; the 10,015 guerrillas surveyed — includes combatants (55%), militiamen (29%) and incarcerated (16%) – are not the total FARC membership.
It should also be noted that, among the universe of respondents, 9,929 are Colombians. The rest comes from Venezuela (54), Ecuador (16), Brazil (8), Chile (2), Argentina (1), Netherlands (1), Panama (1), Dominican Republic .
Furthermore, 77% of the guerrillas who took part in the socio-economic census are men and 23% are women. Also, 66% is of rural origin; 19%, urban, and 15%, urban-rural.
On the other hand, 90% of the guerrilla members know how to read and write; 57% have primary basic education; 21%, secondary; 8%, vocational average, and the last 3%, higher education. Only 11% of the respondents do not have any education. Along the same lines, there is an alarming number: as of today 77% lack a home in which to live. These data are undoubtedly vital to take into consideration when prioritizing results producing reincorporation projects. El Espectador