first_imgBy Dialogo November 09, 2010 Marloes Nijmeijer, the older sister of Tanja, a young Dutchwoman who has been a member of the FARC Colombian guerrilla group since the end of 2002, exhorted her in a video given coverage by local media to leave the group before she dies. “Hello, Sam. It’s your busybody sister. I’ve been in Colombia for a while, and I would like to tell you something: you’re still alive, but there’s a big possibility that you won’t survive. You know that. I’m telling you, get out before it’s too late,” Marloes said. The declaration by the young Dutchwoman’s sister became public after the Colombian press gave coverage to a video in which Tanja affirms that she will continue with this armed group “until victory or death.” “I’m a guerrilla with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, communists), and I will continue being a guerrilla until victory or until death, and yes, there’s no turning back in this,” she declared in the interview, published by Radio Nederland on its webpage Wednesday (http://www.rnw.nl/espanol). In the video in which Marloes asks Tanja to leave the rebel group, she tells her that she could do something better for Colombia outside the FARC. “Get out, and that way you’ll be able to do something really constructive in this country,” she said. “Sam, you know that you’re now a very well-known figure in the world, even without you wanting it. But if you get out of there, you’ll be able to make a declaration against violence,” she added in the video, initially made public by Radio Nederland. “You say that you want a more just society, but in reality, what you’re doing is inflicting more injustice on the Colombian people. Instead of helping, you’re doing more damage,” she added. Tanja, alias Alexandra, who is thirty-two years old, joined the FARC in November 2002, and according to the Colombian government, she is the only known European woman in the ranks of this guerrilla group, founded in 1964. According to an email dated 5 April 2010, attributed to rebel leader Carlos Lozada and addressed to the FARC’s military commander, now dead, ‘Mono Jojoy,’ Tanja is now part of the guerrilla group’s international commission, one of its most important bodies.last_img

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