Colombia is a country that has been immersed in an internal conflict for the past 52 years. The plebiscite is an achievement which most Colombians have been waiting for so long; however, most of them are happy but have mixed feelings about it.
Hearing about the peace agreements in a country were war has become like a normal daily life, is like finding a drop of water in the middle of the desert. What this means, is that people have been thirsty for peace, they long to live a life free from guns and bombs. However, this is a major decision that Colombians have to make in order to attain peace. Let’s look at some of the views and opinions about the plebiscite I got from the people that have been directly affected by this conflict, people who have been displaced and suffered violence.
Leticia, 51 years old, says, “There are some parts I don’t agree in the plebiscite. What I understand is that the VAT [Value Added Tax [will increase… the guerrilla won’t turn in their weapons nor go to jail, which is not fair because they can raise up against us at any moment they feel like, bearing in mind that it was a peace pact which was already signed with the government who now does not have the authority to take away their weapons. That’s what I understand from the plebiscite”
In other words, her statement simply means that she will be uncomfortable living in the same society with people who automatically needs to be put in jail for the wrongs they have done after the agreements are signed, she wants justice to prevail.
“Keeping in mind that the plebiscite is a way to consult the people to approve something for the country,” says 26 year old Kelly, “like how we elect a president, this is another means, another mechanism of democracy to consult with us if we are or are not in agreement with what is being proposed… Well, in a shallow way I could certainly be in agreement if it is just a peace treaty, a way to put an end to a conflict between the FARC and government and bring about reconciliation between them. However, there have been countries where these peace processes have been carried out and things have improved in terms of social development and social justice. However, if behind all this, different moral and ethic issues are going to slip in, that would be something that many people would be in disagreement with. But it’s a question of we’ll wait and see.”
Raphael who is 53 years old states, “There is so much illegality that exist Here in Colombia , perhaps for money someone would do it, but because of my conscience, I cannot vote for something without knowing what I’d be voting for. That’s why I need to sit down and analyze the situation before I cast my vote.”
Well, having read these opinions, let’s wait and see which vote will take the lead, its either yes or no vote, Colombia decides.