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Weekly Chart: Colombia's Demobilized Rebels by the Numbers

reintegration dimensions

June 26, 2015

In 2014-2015, more than 21,000 ex-guerrilla and militants are working to reintegrate back into Colombian society.
20 years = average length of time a demobilized person spent in a guerrilla or militant group in Colombia.
25% = literacy rate of men and women exiting a guerrilla or militant group in Colombia.

Explainer: Colombia's Reintegration Challenge

After more than 50 years of civil conflict, the Colombian government is currently in peace talk negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known best as the FARC. As the government and guerrilla group work through their agenda, one formidable task—and one that will persist even if and when an agreement is reached—deals with how to reintegrate the tens of thousands of men and women who have exited, or “demobilized,” from the FARC and other rebel and military groups over the years back into Colombian society. Below, we take a look at the scope of the process, using numbers from the Colombian Agency for Reintegration's General Director Joshua Mitrotti. Total figures are based on the agency figures from 2003, when the government first formally began reintegration work, until the present day.