On August 25th of this year, the final peace agreement between the FARC-EP and the government was published. Although it still has to be signed by both parties (on September 26th) it is a big step towards ending an armed conflict that has lasted for more than 50 years. More importantly, on October 2nd, Colombians will be able to vote on whether the final agreement should be accepted or not. There are many voices on both sides of the argument, but one common theme is that all Colombian citizens are asked to read the final agreement and make up their own minds.
Now, while I applaud the fact that citizens are able to vote on this agreement, the document itself is a 297-page long document filled with legal and political jargon (not an easy read). So, although I myself am not eligible to vote, I wanted to see whether I could find ways to condense the dense information into some visuals that explain what is written in the agreement.
The first thing I did was to create a word cloud of those words that were used 50 times or more in the accord. Obviously the word accord (acuerdo) itself comes up about a 1000 times, but more interestingly the focus on gender is noticeable. Though I am not sure whether mentioning the word women (mujeres) about twice as much as the word men (hombres) is actually a way of achieving gender equality in this country, it does show the intentions of the document and the two parties involved.
It is also interesting to note that words like rights (derechos), development (desarrollo), and security (seguridad) are very prominent in the document. I think it shows that this is clearly a document that looks to the future and that the signing and acceptance of this agreement will only be a first step on a long path towards actual peace (paz) --another very prominent word-- in this country. This is not to say that the atrocities that were committed during the conflict will be completely forgotten or looked over. Although opponents of the agreement like to call it the next step to impunity, the words victims (víctimas), justice (justicia) and reparations (reparaciones) are quite prominent in the document as well.