Tanja tells her story

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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.