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Tanja Nijmeijer sings for her parents

Published on : 4 November 2010 - 9:00am | By RNW News Desk (screenshot: RNW)
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Tanja Nijmeiijer sings the tender ballad Don't Cry for me, Argentina. Before she starts singing, the Dutch FARC guerrilla dedicates the song to her mother and father.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide played the recording to her father. He said he appreciated RNW letting him hear it - and see the videos of his daughter - before they were published.

 

Related articles:

Tanja Nijmeijer: I don't want to be rescued

Tanja Nijmeijer: Why I joined the FARC

Dutch guerrilla's sister: “Leave the FARC!”

Confirmed rebel Tanja Nijmeijer gets her own back

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Discussion

Anonymous 12 December 2010 - 7:07pm / Colombia

What is going on with the world, I am Colombian and I see all days this horrible war, our country is suffering, a lot of people have not place to live they were taken from their owns home, You haven´t any idea what kind of bad really mean people are the FARC members. This girl is crazy everybody who thinks that FARC is good organization are really crazy, I know in my country there are a lot of corruption but FARC are the worst of a country the just care about money they attack people, childrens poor people, who read this has to know that our country suffer a lot and we are tired of this injustice and the injustice and real evil are the FARC. If you are a one of those who thinks that FARC are good I will give a thousand of reasons why FARC are a mounster and just love drugs and misery. You shouldn´t believe everythin you see in the massmedia.

tupac yupanqui 10 December 2010 - 11:38pm

OTTO BOCA DE CULO ROTO
OBVIOUSLY THE AUTODEFENSAS UNIDAS DE COLOMBIA (PARAMILITARY AUC) ARE A PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT. THE "FALSOS POSITIVOS" (DISSAPEARING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS DRESSING THEM LIKE GUERRILLAS AND PRESENTING THEM LIKE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GENOCIDAL TROOPS) ARE THE MOST ADVANCED MEASURE OF COLOMBIA PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT. THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE COLOMBIAN POOR FROM THEIR LANDS(4 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED) WILL MAKE COLOMBIA THE "MIRACLE OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM. "LAS CHUZADAS" (WIRETAPPING AND MURDER OF ANYBODY WITH A DIFFERENT OPINION) MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A COLOMBIAN. LOS "MOTOSIERRA BOYS" (PARAMILITARY TROOPS CUTTING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE IN PIECES WITH A WOODCUTTER) MAKES COLOMBIA DE PRIDE OF LATINAMERICA. WELL, THOSE ARE YOUR VALUES AND YOU WON'T RESPECT THE OPPOSITE SET OF VALUES PERSONIFIED BY OUR DEAR TANIA LA GUERRILLERA, FIGHTING WITH ALL HER GOOD HEART FOR ATROCITIES LIKE THESE TO STOP. OBVIOUSLY SHE NEEDS A GUN TO CONFRONT ANOTHER GUN READY TO KILL HER. SHE NEEDS TO PUT MINES TO STOP THOSE ASSASSINS TO REACH HER AND STAB HER TO DEATH. SHE NEEDS TO ATTACK BEFORE SHE IS ATTACKED. THAT'S SELF-DEFENSE AND WAR AGAINST EVIL. THAT'S WHAT THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN STANDS FOR AND I HOPE SHE SUCCEEDS. TANIA EVERYBODY LOVES YOU BUT THE DARKNESS, JUST HAVE IN MIND THAT THE DARKNESS IS NOT BIG ENOUGH TO SNUFF THE LIGHT OF A LITTLE CANDLE, AND YOU'RE THAT BRIGHT CANDLE, THE SHINING PATH FOR THE NEW GENERATIONS OF HUMANS TO MAKE THIS WORLD A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE IN. THANK YOU TANIA! I PRAY FOR YOU EVERY MINUTE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MY DEAR GIRL, NEVER FORGET THAT SIMON BOLIVAR STARTED WITH 5 FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND THAT 99% OF THE NUEVA GRANADA SPANISH COLONY (VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA) WERE AGAINST HIM. HE WAS A PAIN IN THE NECK FOR THE COMFORTABLE PEOPLE. A CONCERN FOR THE IGNORANT MASSES WHO DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF LIBERATION FROM THE OPPRESOR. BUT HE DIDN'T MIND IT. EVEN HIS MOST LOYAL BODYGUARD TRIED TO STAB HIM TO DEATH WITH A SHARP KNIFE WHILE SLEEPING, BUT HE DIDN'T MIND IT. HE CONTINUED THE GOOD WORK AND TODAY WE HAVE MILLIONS WHO CLAIM HIS LEGACY AND THERE ARE ALSO MILLIONS WHO HATE HIM DEEP INSIDE. HE DID NOT MIND THE BIBLE FREAKS IN VENEZUELA WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE HAPPENED THE SAME DAY HE ENTERED TO CARACAS. "IF NATURE IS AGAINST US! WE'LL DEFEAT NATURE!" WHEN HE INVADED THE PERUVIAN CHURCHES AND TOOK ALL THE GOLD AND SILVER AND METAL TO PRODUCE CANNONS AND JAILED THE PRIESTS, HE WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE DEMON BY OUR CURRENT COMMENTATORS IN THIS PAGE. BUT BOLIVAR NEVER MINDED THESE KIND OF OPINIONS AND KEPT THE GOOD WORK GOING ON. OTHERWISE WE WOULD BE SLAVES OF THE SPANIARDS TILL TODAY. THAT'S THE SUPREME GREATNESS OF THE LIBERATOR OF LATIN AMERICA: SIMON BOLIVAR. TANIA TAKE CARE, GOOD LUCK BABYGIRL! WE LOVE YOU IN LATINAMERICA. (THE ONES WHO HATE YOU ARE THE LESS, THE OPPRESSOR'S MOUTHPIECES) TANIA, WE LOVE YOU FOREVER LIKE WE LOVED THE IRISH LEGION OF DEVEREUX(3000 EUROPEANS FIGHTING ALONG SIMON BOLIVAR) WE LOVED O"HIGGINS (IRISH) AND HUNDREDS OF EUROPEANS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE FREEDOM OF AMERICA, THE FREEDOM OF HUMANS!

tupac yupanqui 10 December 2010 - 11:18pm

OTTO BOCA DE CULO ROTO
OBVIOUSLY THE AUTODEFENSAS UNIDAS DE COLOMBIA (PARAMILITARY AUC) ARE A PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT. THE "FALSOS POSITIVOS" (DISSAPEARING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS DRESSING THEM LIKE GUERRILLAS AND PRESENTING THEM LIKE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GENOCIDAL TROOPS) ARE THE MOST ADVANCED MEASURE OF COLOMBIA PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT. THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE COLOMBIAN POOR FROM THEIR LANDS(4 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED) WILL MAKE COLOMBIA THE "MIRACLE OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM. "LAS CHUZADAS" (WIRETAPPING AND MURDER OF ANYBODY WITH A DIFFERENT OPINION) MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A COLOMBIAN. LOS "MOTOSIERRA BOYS" (PARAMILITARY TROOPS CUTTING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE IN PIECES WITH A WOODCUTTER) MAKES COLOMBIA DE PRIDE OF LATINAMERICA. WELL, THOSE ARE YOUR VALUES AND YOU WON'T RESPECT THE OPPOSITE SET OF VALUES PERSONIFIED BY OUR DEAR TANIA LA GUERRILLERA, FIGHTING WITH ALL HER GOOD HEART FOR ATROCITIES LIKE THESE TO STOP. OBVIOUSLY SHE NEEDS A GUN TO CONFRONT ANOTHER GUN READY TO KILL HER. SHE NEEDS TO PUT MINES TO STOP THOSE ASSASSINS TO REACH HER AND STAB HER TO DEATH. SHE NEEDS TO ATTACK BEFORE SHE IS ATTACKED. THAT'S SELF-DEFENSE AND WAR AGAINST EVIL. THAT'S WHAT THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN STANDS FOR AND I HOPE SHE SUCCEEDS. TANIA EVERYBODY LOVES YOU BUT THE DARKNESS, JUST HAVE IN MIND THAT THE DARKNESS IS NOT BIG ENOUGH TO SNUFF THE LIGHT OF A LITTLE CANDLE, AND YOU'RE THAT BRIGHT CANDLE, THE SHINING PATH FOR THE NEW GENERATIONS OF HUMANS TO MAKE THIS WORLD A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE IN. THANK YOU TANIA! I PRAY FOR YOU EVERY MINUTE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MY DEAR GIRL, NEVER FORGET THAT SIMON BOLIVAR STARTED WITH 5 FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND THAT 99% OF THE NUEVA GRANADA SPANISH COLONY (VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA) WERE AGAINST HIM. HE WAS A PAIN IN THE NECK FOR THE COMFORTABLE PEOPLE. A CONCERN FOR THE IGNORANT MASSES WHO DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF LIBERATION FROM THE OPPRESOR. BUT HE DIDN'T MIND IT. EVEN HIS MOST LOYAL BODYGUARD TRIED TO STAB HIM TO DEATH WITH A SHARP KNIFE WHILE SLEEPING, BUT HE DIDN'T MIND IT. HE CONTINUED THE GOOD WORK AND TODAY WE HAVE MILLIONS WHO CLAIM HIS LEGACY AND THERE ARE ALSO MILLIONS WHO HATE HIM DEEP INSIDE. HE DID NOT MIND THE BIBLE FREAKS IN VENEZUELA WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE HAPPENED THE SAME DAY HE ENTERED TO CARACAS. "IF NATURE IS AGAINST US! WE'LL DEFEAT NATURE!" WHEN HE INVADED THE PERUVIAN CHURCHES AND TOOK ALL THE GOLD AND SILVER AND METAL TO PRODUCE CANNONS AND JAILED THE PRIESTS, HE WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE DEMON BUT OUR CURRENT COMMENTATORS IN THIS PAGE. BUT BOLIVAR NEVER MINDED THESE KIND OF OPINIONS AND KEPT THE GOOD WORK GOING ON. OTHERWISE WE WOULD BE SLAVES OF THE SPANIARDS TILL TODAY. THAT'S THE SUPREME GREATNESS OF THE LIBERATOR OF LATIN AMERICA: SIMON BOLIVAR. TANIA, GOOD LUCK BABYGIRL!

Otto 5 November 2010 - 2:56am / Colombia

Es muy triste que muchos extranjeros piensen que las FARC son una guerrilla altruista, unos Robin Hood modernos, pero no sepan que las FARC son asesinos, secuestradores, terroristas, inhumanos que juegan con el sufrimiento de los colombianos y que han causado muchas muertes y dolor en mi país. Y la máxima expresión de esta ignorancia extranjera es Tanja, que aún piensa que esta organización criminal puede tomar el poder y que si eso sucediera, los colombianos los vamos a aceptar.
It is very sad that many foreigners think that the FARC is a guerrilla altruistic, a modern Robin Hood, but they don't know FARC are murderers, kidnappers, terrorists and inhuman people playing with the suffering of Colombians and have caused many deaths and pain in my country. And the ultimate expression of this foreign ignorance is Tanja, who still thinks that this criminal organization can take power and that if that happened, the Colombians are going to accept.

Anonymous 5 November 2010 - 2:33am / Netherlands

This recording is fake. The acoustic changes considerably when she starts to sing, and I do hear a crackling noise from a grammophone. No video to document it. It's fake.

Peter paul 4 November 2010 - 11:46pm / Netherlands

Ze kan beter gaan zingen ipv schieten...

Rafael Lopez Mejia 4 November 2010 - 5:26pm / Mexico

A Song translated into Dutch, which expresses a melancholy voice to their loved ones, issued by a person convinced of the value so fleeting that may have life, but even so, continues his heroic example of struggle against inequality exercising so-called "Democratic and anti-terrorist governments", the words are not important, the facts are what count, and the facts of a deep global inequality most Humanae beings who inhabit this planet.
Tanja A Parent should take pride in the conviction of a person in this case is the daughter, who gives everything to fight against human injustice, unlike the mercenaries paid by their countries to go to invade another and back " Assumptions Rule of Law "where all sorts of injustices committed less implement this supposed" law ", nor the human rights declarations issued by the UN are respected, and that already has more than 50 years have passed, over 2 generations.
Seeing my predicament of living in a country with governments that do not guarantee life, hypocrites in the alleged public health care, to work when they do, which is paid according to the rule of law, a little over $ 4.50 U.S. Dollar for 8 hours (when available). But I am hopeful and I hope that one day also of value to follow the lead of this courageous woman who comforted a bit of my mind in which most humans are not bad, but only a few who hold economic power and have made generations through abuses on others, for their purposes of accumulating wealth in a sick and deadly.
Finally Tanja, should influence the Dutch government to lead by example in fighting for human rights of the poor people and thus to involve your country diplomatically to verify input the application of human rights and start and to compensate those rights, not in Afghanistan to genocidal governments heeding as the United States.
Tanja greetings and hope that ends the fight between humans, but there sick minds in oppression and privilege is difficult.

E 4 November 2010 - 2:25pm / the netherlands

The FARC isn't fighting anymore for the people, the FARC is now busy with the big drugs business in Colombia. They abuse, kill and kidnap people only for money.
Tanja is quilty to these crimes, just like all the other FARC members.
They are not doing a good job there, what they're doing isnt helping the poor people at all.

Anonymous 4 November 2010 - 2:01pm

yeee good song good girl i come from holland and wand it too i want to jungle :P is nice there better then this ****ing world where you are not happy and all day work and pay **** the world i LOVE this girl see is the best from nederland :D tanja goed van je waren maar meer mensen als jij

Anonymous 4 November 2010 - 1:19pm / Netherlands

***** Live gezongen *****

Fred Janssen 4 November 2010 - 12:42pm / Netherlands

I don't understand what Argentina" has anything to do with her situation. She's an evil woman responsible for killing, maming and suffering of numerous innocent people. I trust there will be no mercy for her or her comrades. In Dutch: PANG!, je bent dood -je beseft het alleen nog niet.

Natasha 4 November 2010 - 12:16pm / the Netherlands

I'm sick of all these halfbaked opinions like 'Tanja is used for propaganda', 'Tanja must be suffering from Stockholm syndrome' 'Tanja is just a pawn'. 'Tanja doesn't know what she's doing'. 'She doesn't know what she's saying'.

You know what that is? SEXIST. Because she's a woman, she must be some kind of toy for the Farc, and she doesn't know what she's doing? Sure she does. She looks a damn sight better, and even happier than in the beginning. She's on top of things, she has status, and clearly she's done something to deserve it within her group and I don't think it's on her back either. I think Commandante Tanja makes her own choices.

SHE IS PRETTY CLEAR. ANYONE WHO MAKES ANYTHING ELSE OUT OF IT MUST BE DEAF. SHE's WHAT SHE'S CHOSEN TO BE: A GUERILLA FIGHTER FOR THE FARC.

If she were a man there wouldn't be all this assinine speculation around her motivations, and what she might be 'used' for.

Mono 4 November 2010 - 8:21pm / Colombia

Tanja is part of the FARC, part of a murderous group that has gone far beyond the "Violencia" reasons for their initial formation. She is part of indiscriminate planting of mines, part of oppression of campesinos to cultivate coca, part of the murder of innocents (including children) part of the bloodletting throughout the world funded by trade in drugs. She is one of this bloody band of egotistical criminals. She claims to be happy and proud of her place in that world. She could make a difference, yet chooses to speak to the camera instead, to be "important."
Tanja, you are not making a difference to anyone but yourself. Since you entered the "struggle" for power in Colombia, not one Colombian has had a better life because of you. Had you remained an English (or Dutch) teacher the above statements would not be true... but for now, you bring death, not life.

Shirley2 4 November 2010 - 12:55pm

Nothing to do with sexism. He could be called Fred and I would say exactly the same thing.

Sure she probably joined up full of naive good intentions, but don´t forget her diaries and how unhappy she was.

She´s been with the Farc for nearly 11 years now.... she can never leave, so she doesn´t have much choice but to get on with it and make the best of, scrubbed up and smiling for the cameras.

But I really object to the romanticism of the way her story is covered. She´s known as Tanya, whereas in most news stories people get called by their surname. Now that is sexism.

PATTY LEINERT 4 November 2010 - 12:47pm / USA

Are you crazy? you can realize that the FARC are the most poweful Killers in America , this in not about sex, it is abou life....

this is not about a dream it is about narcotrafic, kidnapping, displacement,...

please, think about it

Shirley2 4 November 2010 - 11:30am

We were told a few months ago Farc planned to use Tanja for propaganda purposes. They've done a good job so far.

Shirley2 4 November 2010 - 11:30am / Netherlands

What is this with the sentimental photo montage of archive material?

No mention in all your coverage of the fact the girl is probably suffering from Stockhom Syndrome and certainly was not able to speak freely in front of the cameras given she was surrounded by machine-gun toting Farc.

Dont'forget, we were told a couple of months ago that Farc planned to use 'Alexandra' for propaganda purposes.

They've done well so far.

al-Quoi-duh? 4 November 2010 - 11:01am / England

Q: How much does RN charge for this kind of blanket promotion?
A: Nothing?
Really? I'm sure a wide range of outlawed movements - you know, ones that kill people indiscriminately, spread fear and terror, ecetera - would love to get this kind of free coverage. Just imagine: Osama bin Laden sings tunes by Sondheim for his grandmother? Ratko Mladic sends a Serbian Christian greeting in carol form to old pal Radovan!

Anonymous 4 November 2010 - 2:08pm / planet

Shame that RNW supports terror in other countries,....Would they like terror in their own country?

Anonymous 12 December 2010 - 7:09pm / COLOMBIA

What is going on with the world, I am Colombian and I see all days this horrible war, our country is suffering, a lot of people have not place to live they were taken from their owns home, You haven´t any idea what kind of bad really mean people are the FARC members. This girl is crazy everybody who thinks that FARC is good organization are really crazy, I know in my country there are a lot of corruption but FARC are the worst of a country the just care about money they attack people, childrens poor people, who read this has to know that our country suffer a lot and we are tired of this injustice and the injustice and real evil are the FARC. If you are a one of those who thinks that FARC are good I will give a thousand of reasons why FARC are a mounster and just love drugs and misery. You shouldn´t believe everythin you see in the massmedia.

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