Colombia melts seized weapons into rods for homes

STORY: These seized weapons will be

used to build low-income housing

Location: Tuta, Colombia

Colombian authorities melted

almost 29,000 weapons

that were once in the hands

of criminal organizations

(Jose Joaquin Amezquita Garcia, Colombian Armed Forces)

“During the melting process, a part will be transformed into steel for construction rods. Low-income housing will be built with those rods. We consider this virtuous. Today, elements that were doing harm in Colombia’s streets will have a virtuous use."

Among the seized weapons were rifles,

machine guns and rocket launchers