Colombia's second chance for peace

Sibylla Brodzinsky says there are still many obstacles in the way of ending the war with FARC rebels

The World Today
3 minute READ

Sibylla Brodzinsky

Journalist and author based in Colombia

By rights, November 24 should have been a day of celebration in Colombia. After 52 years, it was the end of a bloody conflict that left more than 200,000 casualties, forced more than six million people from their homes, and saw thousands kidnapped and tortured.

That day President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londoño, alias Timochenko, signed the final peace agreement to end the war, something most Colombians thought they’d never see. But on the day of the signing ceremony emotions were muted. The road to peace had been so long and ragged that most Colombians went about their daily business with only a few hundred turning out on Bogotá’s Bolivar Square to watch on large screens as the president and the rebel leader signed away the war.

Subscribe to read all issues

Articles from the current issue are free to read by all, the archive is exclusive to magazine subscribers and our members. Subscribe or become a member to view articles from the archive.