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A Challenge to FARC’s Narrative on Child Recruitment

The commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have often tried to whitewash the guerrillas’ role in recruiting children and other serious human rights abuses, including sexual violence and forced abortion. But Colombia now has a chance to challenge that narrative and expose the truth. On March 6, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace – the judicial system created by the peace accord to try abuses connected to the armed conflict—opened an investigation of the guerrillas’ recruitment of children, as well as abuses, including rape, that children suffered in their ranks. In 2015,…

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