Colombia

In peace as in war, Colombia's ex-rebels live apart from society

In peace as in war, Colombia's ex-rebels live apart from society

This compound in the mountains southwest of Bogota was supposed to be abandoned by now, its white pre-fab houses and water treatment plant dismantled, its residents packed up and gone.

It was hastily erected by the government as part of the November 2016 accord that ended a five-decade conflict — one of 28 “training and normalization camps” across the country where rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia would disarm, receive identity cards, sign up for job training and other benefits, and live with their families for no longer than six months.

But here at the Icononzo camp, there is little sign that the 250 residents are going anywhere....

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