(From Latimes.com) After more than five decades of bloody civil war, Colombia’s infamous armed guerrillas were preparing for peace.
Big-name bands from Bogota descended on a remote stretch of rebel-held savanna, where the rebels had erected a Coachella-sized stage. Hundreds of arriving journalists were greeted not with rifles drawn, but by a public relations team of smiling female guerrillas. Instead of combat fatigues, they wore linen blouses. Instead of guns, they carried MacBooks.
Women make up a large share of the FARC force. In the past, female fighters who had babies weren’t allowed to keep them, so most were raised by relatives.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as the FARC, is re-branding.
On Monday its leaders are scheduled to sign a historic peace agreement, under which