The deal brought an end to a 52-year-old war with las FARC, however, the ultimate choice was on the hands of the Colombian people who rejected the deal in the referendum of October, 2nd. Will peace eventually come to Colombia?
International media is unanimous; Colombians missed the opportunity to reunite a divided country. The BBC compares the Colombian referendum to the Brexit one: neither the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, nor David Cameron expected those results. The New York Times blames, not only the content of the accord that gives FARC many privileges, but specially Juan Manuel Santo’s public governance. Probably, the most fierce critic comes from Spain. A possible explanation for this may be the activity of the terrorist band, ETA , between the years 1959 – 2011, and that it is still a very sensitive issue in the country. In an opinion article, the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, celebrates the bravery of those who voted against the deal. The piece defends Colombians’ rejection, and points out that those who committed horrendous crimes shouldn’t be given such privileges.
In order to understand a bit more about the peace accord and what it represents for the country, I spoke with two Colombian friends: Natalia and Adriana. They both agree that is time for peace to come to Colombia. Because, as Natalia says, this is an opportunity to try something different, and talk about how, all together, make a better Colombia.