PUERTO CACHICAMO, Colombia-The pandemic closed the only school in this
remote hamlet, long a stronghold for Marxist guerrillas. With no
internet connection for virtual classes, 16-year-old Danna Montilla
told her family she was leaving to find work, but instead authorities
say she joined a narco-trafficking rebel group.
Last month, Colombia's military bombarded the group's jungle camp,
killing Danna, another underage girl and 10 others. Residents here
said her death underscored a grim reality: Armed gangs have found
fresh recruits from an ample pool of youths who, like Danna, have been
out of school because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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