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Colombia 16 Sep 2016

Farc Colombia Conflict Peace Process Guerrilla

Couples of Farc members share a moment during the rebel conference. Farc members attend the opening ceremony of the group’s 10th conference. Most Farc soldiers come from the country’s rural areas, some of which have been seriously affected by the 5-decade long armed conflict. “New social strategies must be put in place to develop the rural areas”, says one of them, who explains that to finance the struggle the Farc has been charging a tax on cocaine production to the different actors involved in the drug trade, a multimillion-dollar business that has fuelled the conflict, and rampant corruption, for decades. “The government must address this issue as a social problem, with adequate training programmes and subsidies; not criminalizing the farmers. And specially, with a strong emphasis on crop substitution for them”.