Colombia: The Drug Lords Step In
Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico
The government of Colombia and the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reached a controversial accord 18 months ago to end more than 50 years of war. Elections this spring, in which the FARC participated, were a step forward in that process. But as Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico report for PBS NewsHour, other promised benefits, including roads, schools, and property rights in rural areas, have gone unfulfilled. And in areas where FARC rebels relinquished their weapons, rival paramilitary and drug-trafficking groups have stepped in. Many areas of the country have been hit with new waves of violence.
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