Conflict in Colombia
The Colombian conflict is an ongoing armed conflict that has been taking place in Colombia since the mid-1960s. It involves multiple armed groups, including the Colombian government, right-wing paramilitary groups, left-wing guerrilla groups, and criminal organizations. The conflict has its roots in a variety of social, economic, and political factors, including poverty, inequality, and the concentration of land ownership. It has led to significant violence, human rights abuses, and displacement of people. The Colombian government has been engaged in peace negotiations with some of the armed groups in recent years.
Comuna 13, Medellín, Antioquia.
Colombia has a long history of guerrillas and insurgency as well, dating back to the 1950s. The country has seen a number of armed groups emerge over the years, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and the Popular Liberation Army (EPL). These groups have fought against the Colombian government and have been involved in various conflicts and controversies, including drug trafficking and human rights abuses.
The FARC, which was founded in 1964, was the largest and most well-known of these groups. It was a Marxist-Leninist organization that aimed to overthrow the government and establish a socialist state. The group was involved in a long-running insurgency against the Colombian government and was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
In 2016, the Colombian government and the FARC reached a peace agreement, which led to the demobilization of the group and its transformation into a political party. However, some members of the FARC did not demobilize and instead formed a new armed group called the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC-EP). The ELN, which was founded in 1964, is a left-wing guerrilla group that has also been involved in the Colombian conflict. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
The EPL was a left-wing guerrilla group that was active in the 1980s and 1990s. It was involved in a number of clashes with the Colombian military and was also involved in drug trafficking. The group demobilized in 1991 as part of a peace agreement with the Colombian government.
In recent years, there has been a decrease in the level of violence and conflict in Colombia, due in part to the peace agreements reached with the FARC and other armed groups.
ELN, National Liberal Army.
AUC, United Self Defense of Colombia.
Today Colombia and Medellín is telling a completely different story, Medellín has transformed into new and vibrant city, the reselience of its people named “Paisas” are an example to the world of change, of inspiration, the new generations seek for a better future and they are leading the new path to take.
Birds of peace and transformation, Plaza San Antonio, Medellín.