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Conflict in Colombia

Colombia's problems began when political parties fought for power in the 1940s. About 300,000 people died in this fighting.

The parties agreed to share power in the 1950s. But there were rebels who sometimes attacked people. So the government set up private armies to fight the rebels. To make more money these armies started kidnapping wealthy people. Some of the wealthy people were drug lords, who make their money from selling illegal drugs.

The wealthy people paid for their own soldiers to protect themselves. Then the different groups of armed soldiers started to fight each other.

All of the fighting has left many people with nowhere to live. Some refugees have left their country and Colombia is still not at peace.