>> Ex-fighters from Columbia's FARC Guerilla Army, could soon be making a living as tourism guides, beef handlers, or cheese makers, once the peace deal is finalized. FARC's rebel leadership is setting up and in some cases, already running economic projects to employ some 7,000 former fighters, who will now be looking for work.
Reuters correspondent Julia Sims Cob, is in Bogata.>> If rebels don't find gainful employment, many Colombians, and rebel leadership, are worried they'll be drawn back into the kinds of illegal activity like drug trafficking and extortion that helped fund Colombia's 52 year war.>> To make sure that doesn't happen, the government is pledging to give ex-fighters about $2,700 for demobilizing, money which they could now use to start businesses.
Many say they want to get involved in politics or work with farmers, some are planning to break into tourism. Ex-fighters could soon be guiding visitors around little explored areas of Colombia's mountains and jungles, which have been under rebel control for decades, but will now be open to development.
But there is still distrust on both sides. Some in the government are concerned that the FARC run enterprises already operating, are being financed with ill gotten gains.>> The FARC wouldn't let Reuters visit projects that are already up and running because it's worried the money it used for startup capital could be seized by the government for victims reparations which are part of the peace deal.
>> The peace deal signed earlier this week by President Juan Manuel Santos and top rebel leader, Timochenko, ends a decades old conflict that killed over 220,000 people and forced millions more from their homes. It will be put to a public vote on October 2nd and is expected to be approved.