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India’s red shadow
by Stefano Vecchia
The civil conflict in Colombia has produced about 4 million internal evacuees. This article talks about the experience of a Colombian woman who left her house, situated in a village of Tolima, to spare her sons, still in their teens, a coerced recruitment in the Farc. There’s the constant danger that they might be recognized by the guerrillas. The paramilitary troops constitute a threat, too: whenever they find out that a boy comes from a village controlled by the Farc, they kill him, considering him as a guerrilla. The Farc are in a crisis period, but the problem of the “desplazados” still persists. Four million people have been obliged to abandon their houses, situated in conflict areas. A lot of them are living very precariously in the city outskirts, where they suffer harassment by the troops of the paramilitary groups who have taken the place left empty by the police and the army. Not only the guerrillas but even the paramilitary troops, sometimes together with the army, drive the people off the agricultural areas, in order to give place to more profitable one-crops.