COLOMBIA: One-Man Miracle

Summoned to Congress by a Senate debate on the bloody civil war plus banditry that has scattered nearly 300,000 bodies across Colombia (pop. 13.5 million) in eleven years, Minister of Government Guillermo Amaya last week coolly proved that the flow of blood is ebbing. During the first six months of 1958, said Amaya, 3,198 people were slaughtered in backlands violence—an average of 15.2 a day.* In the past six months the death toll shrank to 841, and by March the daily killing average was down to four. .

Dramatic by itself, the fall...

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