Magazine article New Internationalist

No Jeans or High Heels for Me

Magazine article New Internationalist

No Jeans or High Heels for Me

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Niver (33), joined FARC at 17

What am I going to do when I return to society? The question should be what we can give back to society. I want to educate people about Che Guevara, our liberator Simón Bolivar and Marx. When I joined FARC, I was a poor farmer and had nothing to lose. After all these years I have learned so much that I want to give a lot to the people. A better Colombia is not a better car or a bigger house - it's a Colombia where there is food and education for everyone.

Maryluz (37), joined FARC at 17

I don't want to return to society - I'm so used to living in the mountains. I gave birth to three children here. I could not keep them; they had to leave me after three months. The youngest is nine years old. His father was killed in the war, like the fathers of the other two. I have no picture of my kids here - too dangerous. The two eldest are studying in Medellin, they do not want to enter FARC. When the peace is signed, I'll live with my youngest.

Fredy (35), joined FARC at 21

The first thing I'm going to do is visit my father. He is old and still lives on the farm where I grew up. The most difficult part of returning to society will be living in close proximity to many people. …

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