February 2, 2014

Colombia's Next Battle

Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

The Associated Press

Despite dramatic security improvements in recent years, Colombia continues to have one of the highest internally displaced populations in the world. The United Nations says 3.9 million Colombians have fled their homes— either internally or abroad — as they’ve tried to escape a half-century of violence. Local authorities say the number could be as high as 5.1 million — or about 11 percent of the population. And while thousands are still being uprooted each year, many are returning, as the military pushes into areas once disputed by left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups, and the government has made land-restitution a national priority.

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