Peace starts tomorrow

En Portada shows the demobilization of the FARC.

Among the challenges to face are the replacement of illegal crops, to avoid the narcos to gain strength in the country and to implement policies to unite a divided society.

Colombia faces this June 1st one of the most important points of the Peace Agreement signed with the FARC: the demobilization of the guerrilla, the handing of weapons and their subsequent integration into politics and the civil society. The rest of the process and the future of the new generations of Colombians, the first to live without the permanent threat of bombs, kidnaps and death, depend on the success of this part of the agreement.

Our crew has travel to two of the departments that have suffered the most the conflict: Cauca and El Valle, which capital, Cali, is considered to be the ideal lab to try the new peace policies. Part of the work is focused in Caldono, a small town with a population of hardly 30,000, most of them indigenous, and where the clashes between the army and the guerrilla was counted by hundreds.

But Caldono, besides of eagerly support the peace process, it has given away part of its territory to the Jacobo Arenas Front, a group that harassed its people for many years, so they could adjust to the civil life. Victims and perpetrators are now a few kilometers away, the old enemies are working together now.

So as the peace negotiation took 6 long years, the implementation of the agreements are not being easy. The tensions between the guerrilla and the government that has not given the spoken installations on time and the paramilitary, trying to took over the illegal mining and drug-dealing, who are harassing and killing local leaders are making the situation even more difficult.


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