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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:24 pm 
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I was reading this article earlier today and its just shocking.

For four years, Ms Méndez was in the dark about how her son and nephew had been killed. Then she heard a group of women talking on a radio programme about cases similar to those of Weimar and Edward. She got in touch with them and joined their collective, the Mothers of False Positives (Mafapo).

False positives is the name given to the killings of young men - mainly from poor families in Bogotá and its surroundings - carried out by the Colombian army. The army's aim was to pass them off as left-wing Farc rebels to boost its kill rate and give the impression it was winning the armed conflict against the group.

The victims were lured to rural parts of Colombia with promises of job opportunities, and their bodies were later found dead in mass graves.

Some had been dressed in guerrilla fatigues like those used by the Farc, others had had weapons placed in their hands.

A 2018 study by Colombian academics estimates that up to 10,000 people were killed in false positives, the majority between 2002 and 2010. Government figures put the number much lower.

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