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Colombia Rebels’ Illegal Gold Mines Driving Villagers From Homes

After Francia Marquez complained that illegal gold mining was polluting her water, masked men with guns decided to pay her a visit. They failed to find her. A day later, she and her two sons fled the village where they had lived all their lives, joining the ranks of Colombia’s six million internally displaced people.

“I’m living in a state of total uncertainty,” Marquez, 33, who is now in hiding, said in a telephone interview.