‘217 guerrillas demobilized’ in August

A total of 217 guerrillas demobilized in August according to the Program for Humanitarian Attention for the Demobilized (PAHD), El Espectador reports.

The central Colombian department of Cundinamarca registered 34 guerrillas as having demobilized, followed by Antioquia, with 29, then Meta with 19.

Among the demobilized guerillas, the agency reported 68 women and 26 minors.

According to the report, under the administration of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who governed from August 2002 to August 2010, nearly 50,000 members of illegally armed groups demobilized, including 32,000 paramilitary members of the Autodefensas Colombianas (AUC).

Uribe was succeeded by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos a month ago. So far Santos’ leadership has been dominated by the issues of security and international relations.

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