Whenever we hold a discussion about the FARC rebels in Columbia, one question that inevitably comes up is the one about the funding of the rebels monetary accounts: that is, the question as to who funds the FARC rebels in Columbia. To be sure, this question is not asked with respect to the FARC rebels alone. Rather, it is asked with respect to all armed groups involved in insurgencies around the world: where people try to figure out who funds them.
In this particular case, seeing the sorts of military camps that the FARC rebels are able to put up, the sort of military hardware they possess and the sorts of training programs they run for their men, you realize that the whole thing is a well funded operation. So, you naturally find yourself posing the question as to who is funding the rebels – in other words, who is paying the piper (that being, presumably, also the person who is calling the tune in the whole thing).
So, who funds the FARC rebels in Colombia?
Well, the available evidence suggests that the FARC rebels in Colombia are self-funded. They manage to fund themselves by engaging in mining (which the government refers to as illegal mining). They are also, apparently, involved in the production and distribution of drugs — illegal drugs that is. It would also appear that the FARC rebels do carry out taxation in the areas they control. Further, the FARC rebels are known to occasionally kidnap people, and then ask for ransom: thereby raising some money for themselves…
Of course, all those could be covers, smokescreens if you like, with the real money coming from some foreign entity that is keen on pushing a certain agenda in Colombia or keeping Colombia forever in turmoil. But we are not supposed to make such assumptions. We are supposed to go by the available evidence: and the available evidence suggests that the FARC rebels are self-funded.