The guerillas, the private paramilitary forces and the army all teach children how to use weapons.

At least 6,000 children participate in the war as child soldiers.
• Every sixth child soldier has killed someone. As many have seen torture.
• Six of ten have seen people killed and 8 of 10 have seen dead bodies.

The children of Colombia voted for this:

Don't let anyone under 18 become a soldier

• Don't kill anyone

• Don't kidnap anyone

• Don't let anyone disappear

• Don't attack civilians and force them to run away

• Don't involve civilians in the war

Land mines everywhere

Colombia is the only country in Latin America with land mines. And they are everywhere. They can explode when one steps on them. They can look like radios or sweets and explode when one touches them.

Sometimes mines are placed under dead bodies or wounded people so that when one tries to help them or take care of the bodies, they explode.

Other mines are built to fly one half meter into the air before they explode, so that an entire leg is destroyed. Mines have been used by all fighting groups; the country's army, the guerillas and the paramilitaries.

No one knows how many land mines lie hidden in Colombia - there may be over 80,000 - or exactly where they are. But in many war-torn areas it is extremely dangerous for children to walk to school and to play in fields. The road to and the land around schools can be full of mines.

A boy relates: "I was nine when it happened. I worked with Papa in the fields. We had just cut down a vine to weave a basket when my friend stepped on a mine. He died and the mine opened my stomach. My papa wrapped a towel around my stomach. I must have been unconscious because I have no memory of that. He told me about it at the hospital after I had had surgery."

Jorge fights for peace