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Colombia Caught In Ongoing Land Reform Battle
An estimated 5.7 million people in Colombia have been forced from their homes over the past quarter century. The country has long been home to the Western Hemisphere's highest number of internally displaced people.
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In this May 28, 2013 photo, Doris del Carmen Carrascal, right, walks her children Juan Manuel, center, and Ximena, back from the school to their home in El Yeso, in Colombia's northwestern Sucre state. Carrascal and her relatives were among 40 families who abandoned their farm in Pechilin nearly a decade ago caught in the crossfire between leftist rebels, paramilitary groups and security forces. Her husband Luis, was hacked to death with machetes in September 2005 on the farm for trying to prevent his unidentified killers from stealing some cows. In April a court ordered that the land, that had gone through the hands of different owners before ending in the hands of a Venezuelan businessman, must return to the families.(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this May 28, 2013 photo, a man leads a donkey loaded with wood in Las Piedras, in Colombia's northwestern Sucre state. Colombia's government plans an agrarian reform to return stolen land to millions of peasants who have been forced from their land by leftist rebels and paramilitary groups. On May government and rebels negotiating in Havana agreed that, if a final agreement is reached, peasants would get land titles, bank loans, technical assistance, help with irrigation systems, road and school improvements. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this May 28, 2013 photo, Doris del Carmen Carrascal walks towards her home in El Yeso, in the Sucre state, northwestern Colombia, Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Carrascal and her relatives were among 40 families who abandoned their farm in Pechilin nearly a decade ago caught in the crossfire between leftist rebels, paramilitary groups and security forces. Her husband Luis, was hacked to death with machetes in September 2005 on the farm for trying to prevent his unidentified killers from stealing some cows. In April a court ordered that the land, that had gone through the hands of different owners before ending in the hands of a Venezuelan businessman, must return to the families.(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this May 28, 2013 photo, children play football in the hamlet of Las Piedras, in Colombia's northwestern Sucre state. Colombia's government plans an agrarian reform to return stolen land to millions of peasants who have been forced from their land by leftist rebels and paramilitary groups. On May government and leftist rebels negotiating in Havana agreed that, if a final agreement is reached, peasants would get land titles, bank loans, technical assistance, help with irrigation systems, road and school improvements. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this May 28, 2013 photo, Donaldo Ruiz speaks during an interview as his daughter Cenid Ruiz, background, left, prepares a meal at their home in Morroa, in Colombia's northwestern Sucre state. Ruiz and his relatives were among 40 families who abandoned their farm in Pechilin nearly a decade ago caught in the crossfire between leftist rebels, paramilitary groups and security forces. In April a court ordered that the land, that had gone through the hands of different owners before ending in the hands of a Venezuelan businessman, must return to the families. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this May 28, 2013 photo, Doris del Carmen Carrascal, center, sits with children Juan Manuel, left and Ximena, during an interview at her home in El Yeso, in the Sucre state, northwestern Colombia. Carrascal and relatives were among 40 families who abandoned their farm in Pechilin nearly a decade ago caught in the crossfire between leftist rebels, paramilitary groups and security forces. Her husband Luis, was hacked to death with machetes in September 2005 on the farm for trying to prevent his unidentified killers from stealing some cows. In April a court ordered that the land, that had gone through the hands of different owners before ending in the hands of a Venezuelan businessman, must return to the families. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia Caught In Ongoing Land Reform Battle

An estimated 5.7 million people in Colombia have been forced from their homes over the past quarter century. The country has long been home to the Western Hemisphere's highest number of internally displaced people.

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