Colombia land restitution: Uphill battle for returning families

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    A decade after a landmark land restitution law passed in Colombia, returning families displaced by confrontations between FARC rebels and paramilitary groups to their properties remains an uphill battle.

    Just a fraction of the land has been assigned and few projects have been established to guarantee returning families a livelihood in a place scarred by conflict.

    Those families who have returned – and are trying to make a new living by planting legal crops instead of coca – are worried that the slow pace of reparations will allow violence to rack the region again.

    Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Valle del Guamez, Colombia.

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    Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a transcontinental country largely in the north of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean.

    The capital is Bogotá, the country’s largest city. With over 50 million inhabitants Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. The Republic of Colombia was declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903.

    Colombia’s territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.

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