By James Becker
It only took 220,000+ casualties, the displacement of more than five million civilians, and
51 years of bloodshed, but Colombians are getting closer and closer to achieving
something that they haven’t had in more than half a century: the absence of war. The
conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC) began in approximately 1964 and has continued to this day. Rampant
drug trafficking, kidnappings, terror attacks, and countless acts of cold-blooded murder
between the two forces left the country on the brink of becoming a failed state.
However, due to a series of peace negotiations beginning in 2012, the Colombian
government and the FARC are now finding themselves on the verge of an armistice in
2016. The two sides requested the United Nations to oversee the process of
disarmament. Acting just days after the request, the U.N. Security Council unanimously
voted to establish a political mission to bring an end to the Colombian conflict. If 51
years of violence can be resolved through a path as simple as human communication:
Who’s to say that the elimination of war in the Middle East is unattainable? Who’s to say
that we can’t put an end to the bloodbath that has consumed the nations of Africa?
Who’s to say that the goal of 2020 A Year Without War is insurmountable? These goals
can be met, but we need your help. JOIN, LIKE, RECRUIT, DONATE to 2020 A Year
Without War. Get Involved!
To learn more about the political mission that the U.N. plans to implement, check out
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