How can Colombia stop former FARC rebels from turning to crime?

October 2, 2016 9:02 AM

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On Oct. 2, Colombians will vote in a referendum to decide the fate of the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). This peace accord would conclude 52 years of brutal civil war and four years of determined negotiations.

If the “yes” campaign wins, the FARC will have 180 days to disarm and demobilize. Many observers worry about what will then happen to the ex-combatants. Will the former FARC soldiers become law-abiding civilians — or will large numbers turn to crime?

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