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What Does Peace Mean in Colombia?

For decades, Colombia's armed conflict has pitted government and right-wing paramilitary groups against anti-government guerrillas. After many previous attempts at negotiating a lasting peace, the Colombian government and FARC, an armed rebel group, finally reached an agreement in 2016.

We spoke with Colombian women and girls to find out what peace in their country means to them. 

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"I imagine peace as a dream of a beautiful reality, a dream that isn't far away." - Miriam

Miriam

 

"Peace is breathing well, feeling well and feeling free. Peace is feeling like you can walk on the street without fear." - Yisel 

Yisel

 

"Peace is more than dialogues, talks and signing an agreement. Peace is a recognition of who you are and an acceptance of others." - Manuela

Manuela

 

"I imagine peace as something very beautiful, where people do not hurt each other and we are all equal with the same rights and responsibilities." - Ana 

Ana

 

"Peace is living, dreaming, and building without fear and without obstacles like injustice...Peace is a society that cares for the safety and well-being of land, women and girls." - Heidy

Heidy

 

"One meaning of peace for me is no more war and no more murders - and the freedom to travel, sell products and have food." - Nimia

Nimia

 

"For me peace means no more malnourished or murdered children, no more girls getting pregnant before they can fulfill their dreams for life, no more rape." - Angi

Angi

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September 26, 2017  / Colombia