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Bogotá, Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia

Tanja Nijmeijer close to FARC leadership

Published on : 12 May 2010 - 10:15am | By Edwin Koopman (photo: IKON)
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Tanja Nijmeijer, the Dutch woman fighting alongside Colombian guerilla fighters, plays a much more important role inside the FARC than had been assumed until now. She is a personal assistant to a commander and may be involved in attacks. The revelations are made in a documentary on Dutch television due to be broadcast next week.

Tanja Nijmeijer made the news in 2007 when her diaries were discovered in a raid by the Colombian army on a FARC guerrilla camp. The soldiers discovered the diaries, written in Dutch, which describe her motives as well as her doubts about the FARC’s struggle. After another raid, in which a computer and strategic documents about infiltration at a Colombian university and imminent attacks were recovered, she appears to have been the computer’s user and acted as a secretary at one time for commander Carlos Lozada.

The laptop contains holiday photographs taken in the Netherlands as well as pictures of Ms Nijmeijer as a FARC fighter. Colombian intelligence found information on her possible involvement in bomb attacks on a police station, a supermarket and a bus in the capital Bogotá.

Book
The latest information comes from Dutch activist Liduine Zumpolle, who received it from the Colombian Defence Ministry. She used the material to write a book ‘Tanja’ which is due out next week. Filmmaker Leo de Boer was given access to the material and included it in his documentary entitled Dichter bij Tanja (Closer to Tanja) which will be broadcast on Dutch television next week.

In the documentary Mr De Boer and Ms Zumpolle took Tanja Nijmeijer’s mother and sister into the jungle. Right in the middle of the area where Tanja is believed to be active, the group makes an appeal in Dutch to the FARC fighter on the army radio. They explain how she can escape from the FARC, if she so wishes.

No sign of life
There had been no sign of life from Tanja Nijmeijer since the summer of 2007. It was the first time the family had talked openly about her. They didn't want to speak to the media and were angry that Ms Zumpolle published Tanja's diaries.

“I believe that’s something your just don’t do” says Tanja’s mother Hannie in the film. When the documentary maker produced new pictures of her daughter, she finally agreed to make the trip to Colombia and to meet Liduine Zumpolle.

Hannie Nijmeijer says it’s inconceivable that Tanja would have gone so long without getting a message to the family. “I’m sure she wouldn’t want that. I keep bouncing back and forth between two thoughts: she’s still alive and she’s no longer alive.”

Initially it was assumed she must have been killed as punishment for losing her diaries. However, in the film, former guerrilla fighters who have seen her and high-ranking officers confirm that she is still alive. She is now believed to be working as a personal assistant to Súarez Rojas, otherwise known as Mono Jojoy, one of the FARC’s most important commanders.

One of the generals says he has information that the Dutch woman wants to leave the FARC, but does not give any details. “We made a determined effort to find Tanja,” says documentary maker Pieter van Huystee. But making contact with the FARC proved too difficult.
 

 

Discussion

tupac yupanqui 3 December 2010 - 10:33pm / U.S.A. (NATIVE AMERICAN)

TO AL THE MISLED AND RETARDED THAT HAPPEN TO ATTACK OUR DEAR DUTCH PRIDE, READ MY ANSWER TO THE AMBASSADOR OF COLOMBIA: "WHO ARE YOU MR. AMBASSADOR? JUST A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MOST GENOCIDAL AND CORRUPT DRUG-PARAMILITARY REGIME IN LATINAMERICA. WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHO HAS THE COURAGE AND THE BRAVERY TO FIGHT FOR THE POOR, FOR THE FORGOTTEN, FOR THE ABUSED. WHO ARE YOU PIECE OF SHIT TO CRITICIZE OUR DEAR TANIA? WHO ARE YOU MONSTER DISGUISED LIKE HUMAN? FARC PARTICIPATED PEACEFULLY IN POLITICAL ELECTIONS THROUGH THE PATRIOTIC FRONT AND ALL OF THEM WERE MASSACRED, MURDERED BY THE GANGSTERS YOU REPRESENT. THAT'S WHY FARC FLED TO THE JUNGLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM THE ORGY OF BLOOD, CRIME, CORRUPTION THAT PERVADES COLOMBIA. AM I RIGHT? SO, BETTER CUT YOUR POISONOUS VIPERISH TONGUE AND WASH YOUR BIG MOUTH PIECE OF CRIMINAL BEFORE TALKING ABOUT OUR BEAUTIFUL TANIA.

Colombiano 4 November 2010 - 11:35pm / Colombia

david pegni-
A wonderful person??? yeah right...I hope she rots in the jungles of Colombia and burn in hell...Murderer, drug trafficker, kidnapper, etc....There are social inequalities in Colombia BUT the FARC are not the solution to that,, they are just part of the problem!!!

Neil Maes 4 November 2010 - 9:38am / Australia

Tanja obviously believes in what she has been told by her FARC comrades. Just the same, she has chosen to join a murdering bunch of quasi "rebels" whose only achievement so far is to kill lots of people, sell as many drugs as they can, make some money and get themselves pushed further and further back into the jungle. They're fake Marxists today and probably never were genuine even when they started. They're a sad lot and it is a terrible shame that this girl got mixed up with them. There's only one possible end, as there is for all these FARC idiots. She will die a lonely death far away from home and the people who loved her.

Tjeerd 28 September 2010 - 12:46am

Why are we surprised at her outcome?
A product of a socialist education in Holland.
A society where its cool to wear a "Che" t shirt.
This produces naive wild eyed left wing revolutionaries.
Very sad.

Colombian citizen 25 September 2010 - 6:23am / Colombia

Her fate just goes to show the difference between a freedom fighter and a suicide seeker... A freedom fighter nowadays screams out loud without spilling others´blood, and those who lead a violent life deserve to reach the same end to it.

Fanya Kaplan 23 September 2010 - 7:44pm

Fortunately she died today, September 22, 2010 with Jojoy.

david pegni 16 September 2010 - 9:33pm / italy

Tanja is a wonderful person. The very sad thing, she is so far away. Is it possible to do something for her?. unfortunally I think not, maybe talk about her with friends and other people. If we can do something please send me some more ideas, Tanja is a precious heart, we want to save her. Thank you

Anonymous 12 May 2010 - 4:17pm / Lalaland

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.

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