Colombia: As FARC demobilizes, many feel unprotected as other criminal groups move in

Posted on February 18, 2017 • Filed under: Border Issues, Colombia, Crime, FARC, Venezuela reported officials said people are fleeing because illegal armed groups are trying to take over the mining and cocaine trade which had provided the Farc with an income.

Norte de Santander has emerged as the country’s main hub for coca cultivation.

Last week peasant farmer organisations in the region around Catatumbo blocked the demobilisation of Farc units saying that their departure would leave them unprotected as the paramilitary groups gathered nearby.

There have also been reports by local communities of an increased presence of criminal groups in at least three other departments: Antioquia, Uraba and Choco. Read Article


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