Colombia violence: Killings continue during lockdown

The UN mission in Colombia says violence remains an issue in some areas of the country despite the coronavirus lockdown.
Dozens of former FARC rebels and community leaders have been killed since measures began, and the government is being criticised for not doing enough to stop the violence.
Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota, Colombia.

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In This Story: Colombia

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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