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FARC rebels celebrate 1st New Year in peace | Panama Today

“Instead of a rifle in my hands, I want to carry a flower,” sang the guerrillas of the FARC’s 59th Front at dawn on Jan. 1, celebrating their first New Year at peace in northern Colombia after 52 years of armed conflict.

Photograph showing FARC guerrillas at a camp in northern Colombia preparing tamales    EFE

Photograph showing FARC guerrillas at a camp in northern Colombia preparing tamales EFE

At a camp located near the village of Conejo in the Caribbean province of La Guajira, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas welcomed the New Year with the certainty that it would be the last time they would be out in the bush with rifles, a celebration that EFE was able to attend.

The celebration included a dinner with pork, chicken, donuts, sweets and chocolates, as well as dance to the sounds of Colombian tropical music.

At midnight, when the whole country welcomed 2017, the FARC guerrillas fused into a collective embrace and the best wishes were transmitted for the year that begins.

Source: FARC rebels celebrate 1st New Year in peace | Panama Today

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