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UNICEF welcomes signing of Government of Colombia-FARC ceasefire

Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Marita Perceval

NEW YORK/ BOGOTA, 23 June 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the signing today by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, of a bilateral ceasefire and disarmament agreement to end the conflict in the country.

“Generations of children in Colombia have known nothing but war over the past 50 years. Thousands of boys and girls have been killed, injured, orphaned, forcibly displaced, recruited into armed groups, sexually abused and kept out of schools.

“National data show that out of 7.7 million people in Colombia who are registered as victims of the conflict, 2.5 million – or 1 in 3 – are children. Some 2.3 million children have been displaced and 8,000 disappeared since data collection started in 1985.

“Today the country is poised to turn the page on a dark chapter in its history.

“UNICEF stands ready to support national efforts to help children affected by the conflict and is hopeful that the peace agreement will be a fundamental step towards long-lasting peace.”

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