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In Colombia, former rebels are turning up dead

FILIPINAS, Colombia - After more than 20 years as a guerrilla - the last five in prison after being wounded and captured - Juan Vicente Carvajal wanted to start life over.

Freed last year under the peace agreement that ended five decades of civil war between the government and his rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, he moved to this village of about 500 people where his sister owns a grocery store.

He bought a 90-acre farm outside town with a loan from his brother, planted plantain, corn and manioc, and started building a house. He also joined the local village council that settles property disputes and identifies needed public works projects. At 41, he was newly married.

"He wanted to become a totally different man," said his sister, Luz Maribel Carvajal. "He didn't want to hear about arms, guerrillas, fighting, anything like that, because he had suffered for 24 years and didn't want that life or

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