From Pondores, in La Guajira, guerrilla leader Iván Márquez announced that the peace monitoring mechanism that includes FARC, the UN and the Government are in discussions to determine the protocol they will implement for the destruction of explosives and other such materials still in hands of the guerrilla group. Two containers were installed at Pondores, and once 100 percent of the works are completed, the guerrillas will be willing to settle and begin the process of laying down their weapons and reinsertment into civil life. Caracol Radio
The disarmament of 7,300 FARC guerrillas began on March 1. Registration of the weapons will be first step in this process, which as agreed in Cuba must end with the melting of the weapons and the building of three monuments. Government and FARC agreed not to give out data on weapons's serial number of the weapons. This means that their origin and how they entered the country will remain unknown.El Colombiano
Colombia's largest rebel group has handed over 140 weapons to United Nations observers as part of an historic peace agreement. Under the accord, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agreed to turn over 30 per cent of its arsenal by March 1.
But delays in setting up the 26 rural camps where nearly 7,000 rebels are now gathered meant not all the containers designed to hold the weapons were ready. Instead, rebels began registering their individual arms while authorities prepared an inventory of the arsenal. DNA
The model for Rural Development with a Territorial Approach is included in the peace agreements with FARC, generates "spaces, executes resources and manages projects prioritized by communities, the Presidents of Community Action Boards, mayors and governors, who contribute to economic growth, Social inclusion and protection of the environment". Terra
Hundreds of guerrillas live in makeshift camps, in dwellings without even running water, exposed to the elements, mud, and rain and are suspicious that the promised infrastructure will not arrive. They charge that the delay in the implementation of the Havana agreements is widespread. Yet, commitment to peace remains very high in the camps. Publico
A baby boom has swept the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, as the leftist rebel group has embarked on a historic peace process with the government. Dozens of babies have been born to guerrilla parents since peace talks opened in 2012. At the camps where the rebels are currently disarming under a peace deal signed in November, guerrillas in combat fatigues can be seen bouncing young children on their laps.
"Having a baby here is like being born again," said Rodriguez, who joined the FARC at just nine years old, after a right-wing paramilitary unit killed his grandfather. Ramirez, the expectant mother, is more cautious about what comes next. But she can't help imagining a new life. Yahoo News
It's a long list: dissident militias, paramilitary groups, drug traffickers, tensions in replacing coca crops, a deep institutional crisis, the struggle for power ... "The Pearl of the Pacific" continues to bleed, although the people want to believe in peace [...] The report of the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation states that the urban area of Tumaco remains, "one of the sad reflections of institutional and governmental neglect." Citizens of this area of the country live in "a context of basic needs pressing to be met", which added to the limited access to economic activities strengthens and encourages citizens's "recognition of the culture of illegality as normal, valid and even appreciated." Colombia Plural
The government will implement this year six cultural development programs focused on peace and reconciliation in tune with the moment the country lives, said Culture Minister Mariana Garcés at a press conference.
The initiatives, which she called "quite significant", seek to provide opportunities for rebuilding their social fabric to inhabitants of regions more isolated and hit by the armed conflict, as well as contribute to their development.
"For us they are fundamental projects that work directly with the neediest communities of this country, that try to strengthen their social fabric and give them opportunities to recognize in the values that have been their own," she said.
These programs or lines of action are "Reading is my story", "Sensory expedition", "Schools workshop," "Travelers of the staff (musical)" "African Diaspora in Colombia "and" ParticiPaz ", which teach or reclaim values or traditions that were lost or could not be put into practice due to the armed conflict. Minuto 30
General Javier Flórez, commander of the Transitional Strategic Command of the Army, confirmed that 700 FARC militias are already located in the 19 zones and seven guerrilla camp sites throughout the country. Caracol Radio
"Among the 7,000 guerrillas gathered at the demobilization zones across the country, 114 women are pregnant and 77 babies have been born recently, according to the government. Dozens of other older children who had been left with relatives during the conflict have also arrived. That has injected a sense of optimism into camps where war-hardened rebels are beginning their transition to civilian life.