Colombia Ex-Rebels Join Quest to Find Nation’s Missing


Ex-combatants with Colombia’s once largest guerrilla group turned over names and information Tuesday of several hundred people who went missing during the nation’s long civil conflict in a first step toward helping more families find closure.

The list was provided to the Search Unit for the Disappeared, a task force established by the peace accord to find the missing. The list contains details on 276 individuals, a small number compared to the more than 60,000 people believed to be disappeared during more than five decades of conflict.

Nonetheless, Luz Marina Monzon, the search group’s director, described it as an important “first step of many” that former combatants are making in compliance with Colombia’s historic 2016 peace accord. As part of the peace deal, rebels with the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia promised to provide information on the scores who are still missing from the conflict between leftist guerrillas, paramilitaries and the state.

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