Picture of a FARC graffiti seen in Pueblo Nuevo, Brice
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Kneeling down in the middle of a minefield, Noralba Guarin uses a spade to scrape away the hard red earth on a remote wooded hillside in southwestern Colombia. Sweating under her protective anti-explosive vest and shatterproof mask, she searches for land mines, a deadly legacy of 52 years of civil war in Colombia, one of the most mine-scarred countries in the world.The government says nearly 700 of Colombia's 1,096 municipalities are contaminated by land mines.It says all of the mines it planted over the years have now been cleared and the army has found and destroyed 5,262 mines since 2004 .Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, this year pledged to make the country free of mines by 2021 and said there will be 10,000 people working on mine clearance by next year.For Juan Romero, an ex-combatant who belonged to an illegal armed group for four years and laid down his weapons in 2006, clearing mines is a chance to contribute to building peace.He is one of nearly 20 ex-combatants, from all sides in the war, employed by the Halo Trust as mine clearers.
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