Carlos Ordonez has no idea what peace looks like since his town has been under constant threat from rebels for as long as he remembers.

But the 25-year-old believes he’s about to find out now that Colombia’s largest rebel group has signed a cease-fire, demobilization and disarmament deal that will take effect once it and the government sign a final accord to end 52 years of fighting.

People in the capital hugged and cried when President Juan Manuel Santos shook hands with Rodrigo Londono, commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. In rural areas like Ordonez’s town of Corinto, population 30,000, residents wondered what life might look after a conflict that has left millions displaced and more than 200,000 dead.

“We are children of violence,” Ordonez said Friday, a day after the disarmament agreement was formalized. “The FARC barged into my house and shot my mother dead. She was a housewife. We are tired of war.”