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Conflict Scarred Town Skeptical of Colombia Peace Process

Conflict Scarred Town Skeptical of Colombia Peace Process

The municipality of El Bagre in the Bajo Cauca region of Antioquia department is a clear example of what could become Colombia’s post-conflict situation: disputes between armed groups over control of territory and illegal income, the aftermath of war in plain sight, and terrorized communities caught in a crossfire that does not respect social condition, age, or gender.

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The National Liberation Army (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional - ELN) is one of the two main guerrilla armies with left-wing political ideologies operating in Colombia. Initially a Marxist-Leninist nationalist movement, it now appears more focused on kidnapping, extortion and attacks on economic infrastructure. And while it eschewed drug trafficking for decades, it has recently been linked to the narcotics trade and has sought alliances with large drug trafficking organizations. Militarily, it has been greatly debilitated and has dropped from an estimated 5,000 soldiers in the early 1990s to a force believed to number around 2,500 fighters.

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