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Would Colombia Peace Deal Curb the Coca Trade? Ask a Coca Farmer

cocA2January 15, 2015: Burro, or Donkey, as his friends call him because of his large ears and goofy smile, shyly shows off his hands. They’re covered with greenish black stains from the morning’s work – stripping coca leaves – and burns from the chemicals used to process the plant into cocaine paste.

“It’s good work,” he says. “It pays.”

Coca farming is about the only thing that does pay in much of Catatumbo. Situated in the eastern Colombian state of Norte de Santander, it produces around 10 percent of the country’s coca crop. But the Colombian government is now hoping to change this through a deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – the Marxist guerrillas who control coca farmers’ operations in Catatumbo and elsewhere in the country.

Read full story at the Christian Science Monitor

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