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Tanja Nijmeijer
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Bogata, Colombia
Bogata, Colombia

Tanja tells her story

Published on : 16 November 2010 - 3:00pm | By RNW News Desk (photo (c) ANP)
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The Dutch FARC guerrilla fighter Tanja Nijmeijer deliberately chose to join the Colombian revolution. She relates this in the documentary Tanja and Her Story by Colombian journalist Jorge Enrique Botero.

The extended interview with Ms Nijmeijer will be published tonight, in its entirety, on the Radio Netherlands Worldwide website. In the following fragment, Tanja says she made a deliberate choice.

“I started thinking, if I find a job here, I have to stay in the Netherlands, maybe buy a house, get married and have three children. But the revolution is happening in Colombia."

Earlier this month Radio Netherlands Worldwide published a number of exclusive video excerpts featuring Tanja Nijmeijer. In them she explains that she has no desire to leave the FARC. Tanja also sings in one of the recordings, dedicating the song Don't Cry For Me, Argentina to her parents.


Anonymous 17 November 2010 - 1:23am / Lalaland

In violence we forget who we are. Planting bombs, destroying buses and businesses is blocking and impeding a way out of destruction and self-destruction. "The spirit that I have seen may be the devil: and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape."

saskia 16 November 2010 - 7:27pm

After viewing this clip I suspect this woman has indeed been brainwashed and was fed that script. No one in Nederland feels obligated to get married anymore..let alone have any children . To say "3 children" is bizarre...and is a foreign concept for sure. It is rare for the Dutch to have even 1 child in these modern times. Her mannerisms and way of speaking are also clearly not Dutch-like.

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