Preparing for peace
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Colombia’s FARC rebels prepare for peace

Preparing for peace

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia member Viviana, 28, and her comrade Jon, 34, bathe in spring waters by their camp. “We’re all kids of the same town and we’ve been killing each other,” Viviana says regarding the long war in the region between the FARC and paramilitary forces.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Preparing for peace

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia live in camps along rivers, where they can cook and bathe. In the background, a FARC member carries a knife after cutting meat.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Preparing for peace

Feiber, who has been with the guerilla movement for 18 years, trims his hair once a week.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Preparing for peace

FARC member David, 33, lost his arm when he was shot six times in 2010. He says he’s hopeful the rebels can make the transition into a political party: “I lost all this ... I will be here to the end.”

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Preparing for peace

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.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Preparing for peace

A Kate Moss T-shirt dries on a clothesline alongside a FARC uniform in Colombia’s Yari Plains, a key rebel stronghold.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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A FARC member who has lost his hands arrives at the Yari Plains conference, where the future of the organization will be determined. Many of the fighters have physical disabilities from gunshot wounds or mine explosions.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Preparing for peace

Two FARC members walk from the conference site toward their camp, in the trees below.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Preparing for peace

Over 200 FARC commanders and hundreds of soldiers gathered to discuss the movement’s future at their final national conference as an armed group.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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FARC members with guitarist Pablo Araoz of the Bogota reggae group Alerta Kamarad on the first night of the conference. It was the first concert some FARC members and residents had ever experienced.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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