Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) http://www.kunc.org en In Colombia, A Town Badly Scarred By Wartime Rape http://www.kunc.org/post/colombia-town-badly-scarred-wartime-rape El Placer is a remote hamlet deep in southern Colombia, on the edge of the Amazon. Founded half a century ago by farmers who found it fertile and bucolic, its name means "The Pleasure."<p>But for women and girls in El Placer who suffered years of sexual assaults after an illegal armed group stormed in, the name is only associated with unspeakable violence and murder.<p>Brigitte CarreƱo, 25, is among the women who suffered. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 15:51:30 +0000 45554 at http://www.kunc.org In Colombia, A Town Badly Scarred By Wartime Rape Years Of Combat Experience, And Just Turning 20 http://www.kunc.org/post/years-combat-experience-and-just-turning-20 Luis Bedoya is baby-faced and skinny.<p>And he looks ever the boy when he puts on an industrial-sized apron, thick gloves and a metal helmet - the tools of an apprentice welder at the Don Bosco center in this city in southern Colombia.<p>It's a big complex, complete with classrooms, basketball courts, a dormitory and work rooms. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Juan Forero 45038 at http://www.kunc.org U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism http://www.kunc.org/post/us-faces-fight-intersection-crime-and-extremism A suspected drug kingpin from the tiny West African nation of Guinea-Bissau was captured on the high seas by agents from the U.S. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:20:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 43616 at http://www.kunc.org U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism Colombia's FARC Says It Will Halt Kidnappings http://www.kunc.org/post/colombias-farc-says-it-will-halt-kidnappings The rebel group that has made kidnapping a central part of its operating procedure in Colombia says it is halting the practice and releasing 10 security force members it has held for as long as 14 years.<p>"From this day on we are halting the practice in our revolutionary activity," the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a statement released on its website.<p>Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos issued a cautious message on Twitter.<p>"It's an important and necessary step, but not sufficiently in the right direction," Santos <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/JuanManS Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:55:00 +0000 23042 at http://www.kunc.org Colombia's FARC Says It Will Halt Kidnappings