But like longtime inmates who view their prison walls as protection from an unsparing outside world, some of the rebels express trepidation about breaking free. For them the FARC has been a surrogate family, providing food, clothing, shelter, protection, companionship, and a sense of purpose. Individual enterprise and ambition—keys to success in the capitalist world—were frowned upon in the FARC. Asked about their postwar plans, several teenage rebels in Guaviare say they will do whatever their comandantes order. Bloomberg
Bogotá, March 29 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez said today that Colombian guerrillas will continue defending the peace process despite any setbacks and assured that together with the Government it will push for the implementation of the November pact. Prensa Latina
"Through the mountains, rivers and roads of 33 routes previously defined with the Government, at least 5,500 guerrillas march to the 26 points across the country where they will disarm. Among them, as a novelty of peace, there are pregnant women and nursing mothers. It is a gigantic march supported about 600 officials and protected by a state security cordon. Interview with Carlos Córdoba, director of the demobilization zones and coordinator of this migration. El Tiempo
There are 1,900 FARC guerrillas being held in prisons throughout Colombia awaiting for the amnesty law to come into effect. Their fate depends in great part on the work from the foundation "Larga vida a las mariposas" -- a coalition of human rights organizations founded six years ago with a staff of 65 lawyers charged with the legal issues concerning FARC imprisoned fighters. Las2Orillas.
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
"COLOMBIA’S peace process was under threat once again yesterday after the army chief of staff threatened to arrest communist rebels. General Alberto Mejia said: “Any FARC member found outside the concentration zones will be arrested and charged by the attorney general. If they don’t have any criminal record, they will be handed to the monitoring mechanism on the orders of the army’s High Command.” Morning Star
President Juan Manuel Santos led his French counterpart François Hollande to the FARC demobilization camp Los Monos, in the municipality of Caldono, department of Cauca. Hollande and Santos are to meet with Jean Arnaud, who heads the UN Nations Observation Mission in Colombia, and Pablo Catatumbo, from FARC Secretariat. El Tiempo