Saturday, 13 December 2008

Colombia: Do the Numbers Add Up?

Colombian government figures on the number of guerrillas killed, captured or surrendered are vastly exaggerated, a human rights group says.

Codhes, a respected Colombian NGO, analysed the statistics of recent successes claimed by the armed forces in the 44-year civil conflict.

[...] Even allowing for recruiting to replenish depleted ranks, the government figures suggest that eight members of the warring factions are killed every single day in Colombia, something not substantiated by any other sources.
Hmm, if I was a worker for this NGO in Colombia, I would be watching my back right now, because I guarantee the government won't be too pleased with reports like this.

Colombia war data 'unbelievable' (BBC)

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