Kids Dodge Bullets as Colombian Candidates Debate Peace Deal

June 13, 2014 5:13 PM

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School children dived for cover in Toribio, in western Colombia, when Marxist rebels attacked the town’s police station in March. During 15 days of fighting, teachers waving white flags evacuated pupils three times, as stray rounds smacked into their classrooms.

The school, 300 meters (about 1,000 feet) from a fortified police base, is on the front line of a 50-year fight between the state and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, that is shaping Colombia’s June 15 run-off presidential vote. The candidates, who advocate similar economic polic...

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