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Peace is war as armed groups roil Colombia's lawless border region

A peace deal with Farc guerrillas was meant to end decades of conflict but in Catatumbo violence is worse than ever

Camilo Pérez lost two brothers to Colombia’s long war. One was murdered by state-aligned militias, who falsely accused him of collaborating with leftwing guerrillas. The other was riddled with bullets outside his home; Camilo found the body, but never discovered who was responsible.

“The war hit us hard here, it killed our communities, extorted people and forced us from our homes,” said Pérez, who asked to use a pseudonym after receiving death threats.

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