The head of a Christian charity in Colombia has said he’s praying for peace as the public heads to the polls to vote for the country’s new president on Sunday.
The election is the first since the historic peace deal in 2016 with rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) that contributed to decades of civil war in the country.
Monsignor Hector Fabio, director of Caritas Colombia, and president of Colombia’s National Peace Council told Premier that while the deal has brought some stability to the country, there’s still a long way to go.
“After the peace agreement, so many steps have been taken, but we have a long way to go. Negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) move slowly.
“New armed groups try to control the rural areas. And, last year, 121 human rights defenders were murdered – the deadliest year on record,” he said.
Voters have the choice of Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro.