Colombia, like many countries, faced the challenge of finding the medical care needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Former FARC guerrillas wanted to help by transforming their workshops into mask factories as part of their transition to civilian life after more than half a century of armed conflict.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace in 2016, with their more than 13,000 fighters leaving their hiding places in the jungle, handing over their weapons and focusing on special camps that allowed the government to start their new life.
In those four years, the FARC became the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, a congressional political party led by former guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri under the pseudonym “Timochenko”.
However, the vast majority of former guerrillas devoted this time to training and starting small businesses. By April last, the National Council for Reintegration had approved 52 productive projects to receive initial funding and technical assistance with the support of international partners.