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RN Documentary: Demobilizing Colombian Paramilitaries

From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide
Series: RN Documentaries
Length: 29:30

Edwin Koopman visits a town where young paramilitaries are handing in their weapons and assesses Colombia?s demobilization programme.

11078865_small In the next few weeks the massive demobilization of nearly 30.000 Colombian paramilitary will come to an end. The process is controversial. According to human rights organizations the law establishing the demobilization process has allowed murderers go free while victims are forgotten. To evaluate the process, Edwin Koopman went to the village of Valparaiso in southern Colombia where he witnessed one of the last demobilization ceremonies.

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In the next few weeks the massive demobilization of nearly 30.000 Colombian paramilitary will come to an end. The process is controversial. According to human rights organizations the law establishing the demobilization process has allowed murderers go free while victims are forgotten. To evaluate the process, Edwin Koopman went to the village of Valparaiso in southern Colombia where he witnessed one of the last demobilization ceremonies.

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INTRO:
In the next few weeks the massive demobilization of nearly 30.000 Colombian paramilitary will come to an end. The process is controversial.
According to human rights organizations the law establishing the demobilization process has allowed murderers go free while victims are forgotten.
To evaluate the process, Edwin Koopman went to the village of Valparaiso in southern Colombia where he witnessed one of the last demobilization ceremonies.

GEWEREN
*handgrenades rhymes with maids
TXT
Rifles, handgrenades,* machineguns, sacks full of bullets. They?re lying everywhere here in the tiny school in the village Valparaiso.
A man [sergeant? Officer?]from the Colombian army is counting the weapons.

He motions for me to leave. He seems irritated because he had already warned me before.
Si si!

Now I?m standing outside the building again.
Valparaiso is a little village...
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