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| 5/30/2011 4:00:00 PM

Colombia: Missing conflict victims identified

May 30--The remains of around 10,000 people who disappeared during Colombia's armed internal conflict have now been identified.

The Colombian interior minister, German Vargas Lleras, made the announcement at a news conference in Bogota.

Among the dead are kidnap victims buried in unmarked mass graves.

Family members will soon be able to lay their relatives to rest and will be entitled to claim government compensation.

A total of 438 families have been told immediately that their relatives have been found. The rest will be informed in the days and weeks to come.
 
They will be entitled to claim up to $10,000 (£6,000) in compensation from the government.

The identified remains are from the past two decades of Colombia's 50-year internal conflict.

Read more here.

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