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When the Résumé Reads: ‘GUERRILLA (1964-2016)’

Ex-rebels prepare to enter the workforce in postwar Colombia.
Jereda picking pineapples at a plantation that employs former guerrillas

There are no guns in sight at a rebel camp in Guaviare, a state in south-central Colombia. Instead, some 500 former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, wear civilian clothes and pass the time playing soccer and volleyball, while they wait to be reintegrated into society. Several women among them—who while fighting were forced to use birth control and have abortions—are pregnant or nursing newborns. Another first: The ex-guerrillas are having to think about how they’ll earn a living now that they’ve laid down their weapons. Raul Andrés Ballesteros, 33, who dropped out of junior high to join the FARC, says he plans to study technology and become a systems engineer. Faisuri Mendoza, 29, a 10-year veteran and a member of the Cubeo Indian tribe, dreams of becoming an anthropologist.

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