View of a coca field on a hillside in a rural area of Policarpa, department of Narino, Colombia, on January 15, 2017. AFP / LUIS ROBAYO
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Dozens of child soldiers are expected to be released from Colombia's FARC rebel group in the coming weeks as part of a peace deal that ended one of the world's longest-running civil wars. Under a November peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ending 52-years of war, the rebels pledged to free all its remaining child fighters, mostly aged 16 and 17 .Nearly 3,700 children have been recruited into FARC ranks since 1999 and nearly one in five joined the rebel group aged 15, according to Colombia's child welfare agency (ICBF).It is not clear how many child soldiers remain in rebel ranks.The FARC says it has around 20 child combatants, while the government estimates put the number at 170 .
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