"Colombia has set the goal of completing demining efforts by 2021. While the challenge is considerable, the signing of a final peace agreement between the government and the FARC in November 2016 has opened up space for innovation in humanitarian demining, from the introduction of new methods (such as the use of demining rats) to new partnerships, such as that with Brazil, through which Brazilian Marines train Colombian personnel in demining. Most notably, Colombia has an unique military brigade dedicated to demining–the Brigada de Ingenieros de Desminado del Ejército, which works along a specialized Navy unit eight and around nine civilian demining organizations. Although area that are still affected by conflict (including with the second largest Marxist guerrilla group, the Ejército de Liberación Nacional – ELN) are still off limits to humanitarian demining initiatives, these innovations can be considered a source of inspiration for incorporating humanitarian demining into peace processes in Colombia and beyond." Adriana Erthal Abdenur is a fellow at Instituto Igarapé -- ReliefWeb
Saving lives by clearing minefields. Second lieutenant Jéssica Alejandra Molina Figueroa, a civil engineer from Universidad Militar de Nueva Granada, will be the first Colombia woman to lead highly specialized teams in the dangerous task of clearing antipersonnel mines throughout the nation. Canal Institucional.
"Colombia has more land mine victims than any other country except Afghanistan. De-mining is a crucial part of the peace process, putting former enemies to work together on healing the country’s divides. And a possible way to appease critics who believe the amnesty was far too generous".