It was 1964 when the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, first took up arms against the Colombian government.
Over the next half century more than 220,000 people have been killed and 5 million displaced.
50,000 more simply disappeared. For a time the country was known as “the kidnap capital”, thanks in large part to FARC’s abductions to help finance its forces. But all that may have come to an end on June 23, when Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono signed a ceasefire agreement.
For more on the agreement, CCTV America’s Toby Muse reports.
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To take a further look at the future of the ceasefire agreement:
- Erick Langer, professor in Latin America studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service
- Juan Carlos Hidalgo, He’s a Latin America policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity
- Paloma Valencia, a Colombian Senator with the Democratic Center Party