Bullets, virus: Fears multiply for Colombia’s ex-rebels

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Lockdowns prompted by the pandemic may have slashed overall crime in Colombia, but the killings of ex-combatants like Astrid Conde have continued, and the COVID-19 crisis itself is putting yet more strain on the already fragile implementation of the 2016 accord that ended a half-century of conflict. Conservative politicians are eyeing the possibility of diverting funds originally destined for the accord to pandemic response instead. Nascent projects aimed at providing ex-combatants with a livelihood are up against a recession. And illegal armed groups that still rule rural areas continue to threaten and murder those who challenge them.