After the citizens of Colombia voted against the president’s proposed peace deal, many people in the municipality of Bojayá are frightened of the consequences. Bojayá suffered a horrific attack in 2002 when government forces fighting leftist rebels fired a rudimentary mortar into a church killing at least 79 people and wounding many more. It has long experienced the brutality of this decades-long conflict between the rebels and the government.
The national referendum which promised to restore peace to Colombia was supported by 96% of the voters in Bojayá—it was one of the areas in Colombia which yielded such high support. Citizens in Bojayá were not concerned with the partisan details and other nuances of the peace deal; they simply yearned for an end to the conflict. It represented the start of development and employment in Bojayá and an end to the government’s abandonment of them. Despite the failure of the referendum to garner enough support, the residents of Bojayá take courage in knowing that their president recently received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to restore peace to Colombia. They are still confident that peace can be restored.
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