Two years after the dawn of peace in Colombia, former Farc guerrillas – many of whom have never known a life beyond conflict – have turned to the sewing machines that once tailored their battle fatigues to make a living

Edison Sanchez smooths out a piece of fabric and begins work on a clattery electric sewing machine. Just two years ago, this same piece of equipment was used to make fighters’ fatigues deep in the guerilla camps of the Colombian mountains.

A member of the Farc, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, since he was 15, Sanchez, now 33, has been learning how to sew since 2016, when the combatants disarmed under the terms of a historic peace dealthat ended 50 years of conflict in which more than 260,000 people were killed and 7 million displaced.

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