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Colombians Both Thrilled And Skeptical In Equal Measures Over FARC Peace Deal

3 years ago|836 views
Many Colombians have known nothing but a time of conflict between the government and the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia--or FARC. Now there is a promise of a time of peace. A deal was signed in Havana, Cuba, between officials and a FARC leader to end one of the world's longest-running conflicts--a 52-year war that has claimed 220,000 lives. After the peace deal was announced, one newspaper's headline shouted 'Everything is agreed." But residents of Bogota aren't so sure. For Jose, a peddler in the capital, peace in Colombia will come only when there is equality. He told CNN, "Peace is a word politicians talk about all the time. But in Colombia, there is no peace. I come from the lower classes and there is no peace. As long as we have to be desperately seeking bread, doing whatever it takes to survive, there will be no peace."

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