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Former Colombian rebels train in rafting

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Some former guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, have chosen rafting as their path to reintegration, as the government pushes to make tourism a top engine of the nation’s economy.

Nearly 13,000 former combatants and their unarmed sympathizers are participating in a reintegration process agreed as part of a 2016 peace deal to end more than 52 years of war with the government.

Reincorporation is considered fundamental to ensuring former FARC members do not return to the battlefield with smaller rebel group the National Liberation Army, numerous crime gangs and dissident groups that refused to demobilize.