Guerrilla attacks to Colombian towns had a dramatic drop after 2002

by | Dec 4, 2015 | 0 comments

After 2002, the attacks to civilian towns by the Colombian guerrilla group FARC decreased by 87 percent compared to the numbers between 1998 and 2002, according to a database published by Centro de Memoria Historica, a public entity that keeps record of the civil war in the South American country.

The militaristic policies that Alvaro Uribe implemented during his presidency, 2002 to 2010, helped strengthen the army and contributed to the dramatic drop in attacks between 2002 and 2003, an article by the the foundation InSight Crime in Latin America said.

“The FARC has certanly lost membership people in the past few years, so in that regard it has certainly lost some of its military strength,” senior advisor for Latin America at the U.S Institute of Peace Virginia Bouvier said.

The membership lost, Bouvier said, has caused the FARC leaders to limit their military operations to the most isolated parts of the country.

An article published in Reconciliacion Colombia, a non-profit organization that also studies the Colombian conflict, explains that the levels of violence in the country have decreased tremendously since the peace process started in 2013.

“This has been the year [2015] with the least violent attacks since 1978,” Bouvier said.