Colombia’s peace deal with FARC rebels reaps first fragile benefits Add to ..

September 26, 2016 10:34 PM

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Esteban Vanegas sang of his love for Colombia with a choir of fellow guerrillas, marking the signing of a peace treaty ending one of the world’s longest wars. Just below the huge stage the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) improbably erected in the bush, his mother, Miriam, watched him sing, her face a mix of joy and pain.

Four days ago, she had been at home when television footage from the jungle conference showed Esteban among the thousands of fighters gathered here. He had been taken by rebels when he was 13 and she long feared he was dead.

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