Forced recruitment tarnishes the peace process with the current guerrillas, as revealed by Carlos Ruiz Mansieu, head of the United Nations verification mission in Colombia, who explained that this scourge is worsening in some regions and Norte de Santander appears on the radar of The authorities.
Aggravating this situation, the illegal recruitment of minors into the ranks of these armed groups continues to be the subject of attention of some observatories that are taking the pulse of this situation.
Diana Vargas is part of the Peace Weavers organization and told Caracol Radio that “in the context of the conflict the figures are exorbitant and the most complex thing is the lack of interest on the part of the institutions. “It increased up to 70%, even more in rural areas.”
The year 2022 ended with 173 cases, while 2023 has not ended and already reports 350 cases of forced child recruitment by armed groups.
He warned that the problem is worsening in some settlements where these armed groups go, taking advantage of the needs of families and attracting minors by offering them sums of money.