Colombia Sees Surge in Mass Killings Despite Historic Peace Deal

They were 20-somethings at a party after months of pandemic-related quarantine.

Then the shots rang out, and soon eight of them were dead.

“Peace was our dream,” said Jesús Quintero, whose son John Sebastian died after gunmen opened fire in their small town, Samaniego, a mountain-fringed community trapped between warring criminal groups. “But nothing has changed.”

Four years after ending the longest-running war in the Americas with a historic peace deal that was celebrated around the…

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