Two activists in Colombia talk about their hopes and fears over bringing an end to the world’s longest running civil war

Father Alberto Franco has spent much of his life speaking out for the most vulnerable people in Colombia – men and women who have been kicked off their land and attacked by armed groups serving powerful elites. He has been threatened and persecuted, so perhaps it is natural that he is “moderately pessimistic” about hopes for an end to the world’s longest civil war.

“For us, the end of the armed conflict is not peace. Peace is building a more just society, a more inclusive society, respectful of human rights and the environment,” says Franco, who is a leader with the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission. “While there are interests in the land, there will be social conflicts.”

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Source: Guardian Environment