Journalist Alfredo Molano has explored almost all of Colombia to document through his books and chronicles the nation's depth and, as someone who understands the nation's reality, believes that "many guarantees are lacking" for the implementation of the peace agreement with FARC because there are regions where the presence of the state is almost non existent. El Diario.
"The reality is that in the phase of post-conflict, the Colombia Project will be decisive in building a lasting and sustainable peace. According to Rafael Mejia, major changes are to be expected as a result of the implementation of the Havana agreements. For example, demobilized FARC guerrillas will join the economic and social reintegration programs offered by the national government, and this will allow many to reunite with their families and some may return to their rural communities. This will imply that demobilized people and people affected by the conflict, including agricultural producers, will enjoy fundamental rights such as living in peace, enjoying a family, freedom of movement and many others, such as education, health, housing and work.
In this process, the rural inhabitants will be able to recover lands ravaged by the conflict and those who reintegrate will have as other Colombians opportunity to access productive land and to have a decent job. Semana
La Variante is home to more than 300 former FARC soldiers. Some had served decades with the FARC, others had joined just 12 months before the peace deal was announced. Men, women and increasingly children wait in an uneasy boredom for their transition into civilian life. Some still wear their uniforms. Most — for now — still carry their guns. Vice News
The 26 camps that are being build for the demobilization and disarmament of Colombia’s FARC rebels may remain once the first 180 days of the peace process are over to facilitate the former guerrillas’ reintegration. [...] These camps should have been ready in December already, but according to the UN mission chief last week, many are between 10% and 50% of completion. The government has vowed to finish construction before the end of April, two months before the camps were supposed to be deconstructed. Adriaan Alsema. Colombia Reports.
With walks, banners, music, murals made with handprints, observation competitions, talks, white flowers, emotional messages, and other events throughout the various regions, Colombians will celebrate a Day of Memory and Solidarity with the victims of the armed conflict. El Espectador
The Colombian Cycling Federation confirmed that Colombia Oro y Paz, a Category 2.1 racing event will roll through the roads of Quindío. The information was made public on Friday after the maximum director of the sport of cycling in the country confirmed the registration of the contest before the International Cycling Union, UCI, for next season. Crónica del Quindío
The National Registrar, Juan Carlos Galindo, confirmed in a conversation with RCN Radio that data of 6916 members of FARC were gathered during the first phase of the identification process of guerrillas and militias carried out by the public agency in every one of the transitional demobilization zones. RCN Radio
Tense exchange between two key figures in Colombia's peace process, High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo and Timochenko, nom de guerre or FARC's Commander. At issue: FARC's letter to mayors in La Guajira inviting them to discuss development plans. Confidencial Colombia
Colombia's FARC guerrillas handed over the definitive list of 6,804 fighters concentrated in disarmament zones as part of a weapons delivery process and move to legality after signing a landmark peace agreement, the government said on Tuesday. El Nuevo Herald