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In photos: FARC guerrillas prepare to shed their uniforms

The imminent end of half a century of violence in Colombia means those who have spent their lives at war must plan for peace. In August 2016, the AP photographed women from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) both with and without their uniforms. On October 2, Colombians will vote on a referendum to approve or reject the peace agreement between the government and the FARC.
Publicado: 12 Sep | 05:24 PM EDT
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This Aug. 15, 2016 photo shows two portraits Carolina, one of her holding a weapon while in her uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 49th front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Carolina, 18, said she has spent three years in the FARC and would like to study engineering after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 15, 2016 photo shows two portraits Sofia, one of her holding a weapon while in uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 49th front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Sofia, 19, said she's spent six years with theFARC, and would like to study law after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 15, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Rubiela, one of her holding a weapon while in uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 49th front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia. Rubiela, 32, said she has spent 10 years in the FARC and would like to study dentistry after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 15, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Derly, one holding a weapon while in her uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 49th front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Derly, 24, said she's been with the FARC for nine years and would like to study medicine after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 16, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Mayerli, one of her holding a weapon while in her uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 32nd front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Mayerli, 18, said she has spent four years with the FARC and would like to study nursing after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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Las mujeres de las FarcThis Aug. 13, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Yiceth, one of her holding a weapon while in uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Yiceth, 18, said she's spent four years with the FARC and wants to finish high school and go on to study nursing after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 13, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Yeimi, one of her holding a weapon in uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 48th front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Yeimi, 23, said she has spent 10 years with the FARCand would like to study systems after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 13, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Diana Marcela, one of her holding a weapon while in uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 48th front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Marcela, 28, said she's spent 13 years in the FARC and would like to finish high school and study photography after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 16, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Johana, one of her holding a weapon while in uniform for the 32nd front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Johana, 19, said she's spent six years in the FARC and would like to study nursing after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap
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This Aug. 16, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Yuri Renteria, one of her holding a weapon while in her uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 32nd front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Renteria, 18, said she's been with the FARC for four years and would like to study engineering after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia's government. An Oct. 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Foto: Fernando Vergara/Ap