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Colombia's sixty-year conflict with illegal armed groups, most notably the FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has destroyed or disrupted the lives of the Colombian people - including thousands of children who are drawn into the war as child soldiers.
In this interview, Seth Biderman talks about the conditions under which children become actors in the war, and how admirable organizations like Taller de Vida, in Bogota, try to help them pick up the pieces and build a civilian life.
Seth Biderman reports on issues of peace, education and sustainability in the developing world, and wrote an article on the re-entry of ex-child soldiers into Colombian society in our January 2012 issue.