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Roxanne Krystalli describes lessons from Victims’ Day in Colombia
On Monday, April 9, 2018, Colombia marked the National Day of Memory and Solidarity with Victims of the Armed Conflict. As of February 2018, according to the Colombian state, over 8.6 million Colombians were included in its Victims’ Registry. This means that roughly 1 in 6 Colombians is recognized as a victim of the armed conflict.
This day marks the second commemoration since the government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to end one dimension of an armed conflict that has lasted for more than 50 years. It also marks the 8th commemoration since the passage of the 2011 Law of Victims and Land Restitution, which laid out the Colombian government’s plan for reparation for those recognized as victims of the armed conflict.
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