"La Violencia" - While the attention of the world is drawn to conflicts in the Middle East, fuel is being added to a smoldering fire in Central America - Colombia. The decades-long civil war in Colombia threatens to erupt with renewed violence as the new President Alvaro Uribe, backed by the United States, calls for an all-out war on "terrorism" in that country. The U.S. Congress allocated $105 million to "assist Colombia in anti-terror and anti-narcotics efforts" but opponents to this measure fear that money will be used to further repress the populace and spur a new cycle of violence to plague that country.

This 40-year civil war has pitted the government of Columbia and right-wing paramilitary groups against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and other leftist guerilla groups as they battle back and forth over land rich in oil, illegal drugs, and other resources.. Through the years there have been numerous incidences of kidnapping and murder attributed to groups on all sides.Currently teams from Christian Peacemaker Teams and Amnesty International try to assist local villages caught up in this struggle, but if it the "war" intensifies, violence is expected to escalate.

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