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    “Slavery is the daughter of darkness,
    an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction ”
    Simon Bolivar

    We attach importance to the issue of education of men and women as an inalienable right, fundamental to the achievement of freedom link, would be totally contradictory to our ideological principles do not create the conditions that enable overcoming poverty.

    And it is that education is one of the major social policy gaps in the current system, in which everything stays in formalisms in bills on constitutional norms in ads that do not transcend the real problem, which alienates our country of all national project to allow all nationals participate in the historical development of his people from the justness that can give knowledge.

    It is known that for the existence of prosperous, developed nations, education acquires a strategic connotation, since the corresponding execution of this permit shed light to the men and women of their role in society at individual and collective level, how healthy and of undue for the welfare of all, for the sovereignty of peoples. In this regard highlights the obviousness of the educational model implemented by the current economic system; of ignorance, because its dynamics develop fully without an educated, critical, reflective and thinking, you know you are entitled to and it will be easy subject of domination.

    Our efforts to guerrillas and guerrilla organization learn to read and write are imperative to start their ideological and political training to enable them to understand the reasons why it is struggling to achieve this type of analysis and understanding is needed to study. In our ranks come illiterate fighters, others who have just completed the first year, others a little more, some with all high school and college.

    That’s why in our regulations and disciplinary rules is established that one of the requirements to be commander is to read and write at least.

    I remember in San Vicente del Caguan dialogues during the time building roads, schools are divided, meet the numbers of people who came to talk to the insurgency. During this hectic period an ambitious project to train bachelors and raise the academic level of the guerrillerada came forward, it was a very large and valuable school, another dream cut short by the war, many of those future cadres died in the war, but our emphasis is inane and training projects fighter have not ceased and in camps in the middle of the capsizing of public order there is always a corner to teach the fighter to read, write, because our goal is not war the contrary is building a country for everyone.

    Within the work plans of each of the units that make up our organization from the blocks to the UTC (combat tactics Units) are educational programs to be developed for certain periods for the general plan, these programs are organized around content aimed at overcoming each of the guerrillas, so as in our camps in the agenda previously agreed by the corresponding command includes a space to carry out the curriculum which covers literacy, reading comprehension, geography , history, culture, mathematics in the attempt if a little precarious resources (due to war conditions) but full of will and effort to enrich arguments for the fight.


    Letter with nostalgia and hope

    There are letters that are written with the certainty that will never be read by the person to whom it is addressed, this is one of them. However I write only to bring to present your thoughts and forecasts of more than 5 years. Here I am, in Havana, in the peace process which you spoke with such certainty; as you said, he would at some point in national political life and development of the revolutionary process.

    You were right again, is being made abroad. I remember doing jokes with your visionary thoughts, you said that the development of the conflict was for peace negotiations, but that would be abroad, because in Colombia were not given the security conditions and sufficient guarantees, unless will clear another territory as Caguan and yourself you answeredst “will be on the outside, it will not be in Colombia”. The funniest thing was that in your analysis, I say more emotional than political, I would be in that process.

    That always kept repeating in each gear, in anodyne conversations strike up in moments of rest, “you will, and I as his assistant also !, work hard, like here, like all the work we’ve done these years achieve the changes we long for, only that otherwise, you will see “. And the other guerrilla fighters and you went along.

    So here I am, trying to make the most of, along with other comrades, men and women of the delegation, on this task entrusted with the weight of the responsibility to explore these new roads.

    These days we are in pedagogy of peace in the camps, thinking about it, I can not help but imagine what it would be our meeting, if you were there, how much boundless joy !, and you, “I told Comrade, I told” . Also to tell you that this time has not been easy, there are many crises we have had to overcome, there are many difficulties encountered, many enemies of peace, and a counterpart who wants a peace without changing anything, without changing the conditions of inequality that have generated so much violence.

    All this, Laurita of my soul, I’d have been able to share with you in these times, every expectation of what is to happen, of infinite hope that this time is final peace with social justice, to hear your thoughts visionary utopias loaded with your love for the people, for your daughter, for your colleagues, share your perennial joy, your optimism in some future.

    Do not worry, the girls in the camps are opinionated, studying and curucuteando the roots of revolutionary thought we feed our daily practice, to give substance to these female voices with our colleagues and other women and men from Colombia build this dream this utopia.

    I forgot to tell you that three years in Havana, of intense work every day, many early mornings and sleepless nights to catch up the debate and to contribute in this task entrusted to us, I have identified as the most beautiful month, more enjoyable, February: on the island runs a gentle breeze, is very cool, no heat, even a bit like those clear, beautiful day in the mountains, really is adorable.

    Finally my beautiful girl, I can promise you two things: one, that if peace is signed, I’ll find Marita, I speak to you, knowing that she reminds you, I’ll tell you how much love you had for it, how much we love each and all, how much love I have for her, and how much pride I feel it is your daughter, daughter fariana whole family. And the other thing, dear Laura, is that we will pick that beautiful mountain that gave you shelter during this time, so you have a grave and where we can talk about your memories, your smile. We will bring this to you and to other comrades and that this war has taken away, that I promise you.

    By Victoria Sandino Palmera, Peace Delegation FARC-EP


    Dabeiba, municipality of Colombia, in western Antioquia department, is struck by the action of paramilitarism area. Solangy grew up in that region and as a child saw and felt this reality. Listen to her story.

    “Building peace is only possible if the facility developed an effective strategy aimed at dismantling of paramilitarism and applies a comprehensive policy of respect for human rights.”

    Solangy history is the history of millions of Colombians. And this can no longer be their fate, or that of Colombia.


    A dream that came true

    On February 20, 2012 at 10:00 am we left the airport in Maiquetia, sister Republic of Venezuela, in a small aircraft that would lead us to the rebel Cuba of Fidel. The advance was made by Comrade Mauricio Jaramillo, head of the delegation, Ricardo Tellez, Marco Leon Calarca, Andres Paris, Sandra Ramirez and myself, who were appointed by the National Secretariat of the FARC-EP to explore, discuss and agree an agenda for dialogue with the government of Juan Manuel Santos.

    Three hours later we landed at Jose Marti airport in Havana, where we were greeted with warmth own this brave people who have known how to face the most cruel and ruthless US blockade.

    The first impression was breathing the fresh air of the island that time of year, with much emotion because my silent dream was always to meet in person, the story of heroism and resistance of the Cuban people and their leaders, who, despite major economic constraints, continue to build its national project. I could not believe he was fulfilling that dream !, less, that corresponded to me to be part of this mission, as difficult as the war itself but so necessary for all Colombia.

    Two days later, the commander Mauricio told us the conclusion of the first meeting with government representatives in House; a beautiful place located in El Laguito, site protocol Cuban government. Today, four years later, this place is recorded in the history of the FARC-EP, because there passed the discussions laid the groundwork for what today we intend to finish, to achieve peace.

    When we got the news of the meeting Sandra and me struck me the usual questions when it takes so many years in the mountains and suddenly we find ourselves in a scenario like this: How do I see? How will I salute the counterpart? The answers had immediately: I will dress as best I feel, simple, informal and greet with respect, sure who heads is representative of a regime that has persecuted us for many years with the firm intention of annihilating, but today as equal forces shall stretch our hands to tell us tacitly “Let’s talk because we can not continue in an endless war.”

    On February 23 began the meetings between the delegations of the FARC-EP and the government to agree on the work schedule and then the discussion about what the agenda items would be to compromise.

    From the outset, the government thought he had found a defeated and demoralized guerrillas, strategy indicated that sought to subdue the insurgency in the talks, his ultimate goal was to go for guns, but they were wrong, the debate was just beginning. So was this difficult period of 6 months to come and go at a time with a feeling of frustration of a new attempt to find the path of peace, others with hopes for the results of exchanges with the government delegation and went Agenda building.

    We have the support of Cuba as host and guarantor, along with Norway, plus the invaluable role of Venezuela, still led by Commander Hugo Chavez, undisputed world leader. From the first moment were pledge collateral of the seriousness of the process, were always attentive to the whole development of the talks and helped the parties reach an understanding to come to discuss the serious problems it has today Colombia.

    On August 26, 2012, at 17:00, the FARC-EP and the Colombian government signed the General Agreement ending the conflict and building a stable and lasting peace that includes a thematic agenda of 6 points, the which it is the navigation chart of this peace process we advance.

    Today, February 20, 2016, we are full of optimism about partial agreements that can lead to the signing of a final agreement that will lead us to the end of the conflict, become a movement or political party that enables continue fighting for change fundamental that requires Colombia to the majority and to achieve the good life.

    Four years in the land of Martí, in ongoing debate in a political struggle, to which everyone contributed, I learned a lot, clearing doubts, recognizing women and men of Cuba as patriots of dignity and freedom. Sleep every day with the hope that reality that desire of the majority, a stable and lasting peace; I will continue contributing my bit.

    Por Carmenza Castillo, integrante de la Delegación de Paz de las FARC-EP


    Pedagogy of peace (II) “We want peace but we are afraid

    “In the village where I left the ICRC helicopter had about a thousand civilians from 8 villages in the municipality; them, to learn that someone would Havana, traveled to the place, and there had them before me, asking me to explain to them how this “lay down their arms” era. That night would not let us go, I was not able to leave the villagers with a string of questions, because there were not going to return in a short time .

    Yira Castro describes the beginning of the pedagogy of Peace, from his return to the north of Antioquia, after two years in Cuba by the Delegation of Peace FARC-EP. Since set foot in the area of ​​the company Mario Velez, which has been one of its top commanders, was doomed to begin intensive work with fighters, guerrillas and civilians, illustrating the real possibility of reaching a final agreement that meets the aspirations of the most disadvantaged population.

    No different thing from these battered communities could be expected for more than 3 decades by the paramilitaries. It was in northern Antioquia and southern Córdoba, when finalizing the last decade of the twentieth century, ACCU, initially, and then the misnamed AUC, spread terror with its strategy of “taking the water from the fish”, consisting of exterminate the social base of the guerrillas. And still today suffer their presence and threat.

    “We want peace but we are afraid, I repeated; when I was made to dismiss promised them that neither at war nor at peace let them alone, because, they said, our destination is the same, “he said Yira. Then he was silent, perhaps reflecting on what this means in a posacuerdo possible.

    Meanwhile, the commander Mariely Ortíz, the return of Havana, began in the Fifth Front pedagogical work on partial agreements, points of disagreement with the Government and the vision of peace that we have the FARC-EP. With a group of guerrilla fighters and conducts workshops on gender, liberation of women and new masculinity.
    “There are women who unconsciously cling to the role traditionally been assigned patriarchy and some men cohonestan with that attitude because it favors them; but there are changes, “he says maryely. He adds that “guerrillas and guerrilla have incorporated gender issues and new masculinities in dialogues with communities when in pedagogical tasks of peace.”
    In a different area, with another guerrilla front, he works the commander Erica Montero, member of the Central Staff of the FARC-EP, who also was part of the Peace Delegation in Havana for nearly a year. “The guerrillerada and the controls are very receptive. We favor the chauvinistic backlogs in our ranks are scarce; men are more respectful of the independence and freedom of women and they are more autonomous and safe; He says while sipping an arepa dough made with threshing corn and chocolate cocoa produced by farmers in the region.
    Indeed, today guerrilla fighters and speak more properly on the subject. The anti anti machismo and patriarchy are already oriented by comandancias domestic politics, has made very quickly the practical results are visible.
    It is very encouraging to feel that it is releasing a juggernaut, coated solidarity, joy, good judgment, dedication and responsibility that characterize the female gender. “It is a silent revolution that is cast off and projecting into the future with noble and generous power,” he chimed a guerrilla listening to the conversation.

    However, Erica says, “there are communities where it becomes more difficult internalizing the liberating ideas of revolutionary feminism.” This is the case of the Embera indigenous people who Katío in their culture has traits of a highly pronounced gender asymmetry. In them, the woman after having a child, less than a week delivery, in addition to resuming housework goes to work, while the man stays at home. The role of men in the community is reduced to plant and maintain crops until they are about to harvest; making way for the woman to pick it up.

    Other Embera, the Chami, conceive sex in the woman only for reproductive purposes; they practice them female genital mutilation newborn girls. This custom also rooted in African tribes, practiced in companies on five continents for cultural or religious reasons. Many girls or adult women bleed to death or infection in the weeks after surgery, because it is almost always done crudely and inadequate sanitary conditions.

    The new masculinity understood as a break with the different roles of men and women to promote gender equality, collides here with cultural features (in our case) so difficult to change in the lives of the people. A complex issue that touches anthropological, sociological and political aspects, but it is imperative to intervene in favor of settling the historical debt to women and justice.

    By Matthias Aldecoa, Peace Delegation FARC-EP


    50 years in pictures FARC-EP second part


    We leave at your disposal the last 4 chapters of the book …

    A fifth chapter make those faces and guerrilla fighters. The sixth chapter, iconography launch of the Bolivarian Movement, comprehensive alternative but clandestine struggle.

    As a seventh chapter, images of some of those who are gone, but continue with us, historical and recent, all heroes and heroines of resistance.

    Finally, the chapter on the various attempts to peace dialogues La Uribe in Meta, anchored in the eastern cordillera, 20 years after the emergence of the guerrillas. Later, with the dialogues of Caracas, Venezuela and Tlaxcala, Mexico in 1991-1992. Followed with a series of prints of talks in San Vicente del Caguan in Caqueta between 1998 and 2002. And now the dialogues of Havana, Cuba.

    And we reaffirm, this book does not exhaust the subject, lack of experience and many protagonists of the fariana history, some still alive, others and others died. Continue in combat to achieve a peace with social justice, Colombia deserves.


    Neoliberalism as a development model of capitalist accumulation has deepened the relations of domination that reinforce patriarchy and marginalization of millions of people, mostly women.

    In Colombia, the consequences have been severe, with negative effects on the lives and rights of women, because the humanitarian crisis in Colombia as a result of the social and armed conflict, has led to increased vulnerability conditions for them, vulnerabilities which they have been used by the private sector and governments to advance the deepening of the neoliberal model.

    Not only has used the armed conflict as an argument to discredit and stigmatize social protest has also been systematically murdered union, defenders human rights leaders, social leaders, which weakened organizational processes. With this, terror among those who tried to exercise the right to social and political participation and social protest was generated. Colombia is one of the most dangerous places to be a trade unionist or human rights advocate countries.

    Forzado1 displacement is part of the result of the barbarism of the Colombian ruling class has used state terrorism to release land to implement its policy. With neoliberalism transnational corporations continue to use paramilitary groups for the same purpose. In addition to stripping the land to peasant communities disarticulation of rural, necessary organizational processes generated to face economic globalization, embodied in the free trade agreements, expansion of unskilled labor in cities, work labor mostly female extreme conditions to ensure their families’ basic life limitations.

    Neoliberal reforms privatized health services, increased the retirement age of men and women and more flexible labor rights. Under most vulnerable, especially women and victims of armed conflict, have taken the basic care of their families, most will not access pensión2 and only linked to the world of work in conditions of informality.

    The labor reform extended the day shift; which reduced overtime pay. Since then, women work longer hours and earn less. In addition, it reduced penalties for unfair dismissal and took the oversupply of unskilled labor of women who know their rights. Under these conditions, the labor supply has played with the needs of women, both urban and rural impoverished victims of armed conflict. All lose, only win the oligarchy.

    Loss of employment (employer (a) -empleada) uses traditional female practices and households to install the type of textile maquilas: women work in their homes with false argument to be independent, and are paid I piecework. This breaks with work schedules, increased costs of working, falsifies the employment relationship impossible -Making any organization- and generates an intense exploitation of female labor, which also occurs in agribusiness branches and flower crops and fruits.

    Income generation in the current model of development and in the context of armed conflict as a means to access services that were prior rights (health, education, etc.), has turned women into the weakest link of neoliberalism. With or without an economic crisis, workers fail to improve their material living conditions, do not enjoy rights that previously existed, and have no conditions to develop their capabilities.

    Neoliberalism has degraded the lives of women, as well as requiring compliance with their traditional roles subjected to conditions of greater capitalist exploitation in the workplace. Therefore reproduces discrimination against women, in favor of the capital increase. The immediate consequence is the feminization of poverty. The only way out is the organization of the workers.

    1. Colombia, ranks second with the highest number of victims of forced displacement: more than six million people, 80% are women and children.

    2. To access the pension a woman must have contributed for 1200 weeks, ie have had formal employment relationship for at least 25 years and have 57 years of age. Most rural women and popular sectors have not had formal employment relationship.

    By Victoria Sandino Palmera, Peace Delegation FARC-EP


    With some hints of light provided by the moon this warm night of the savannas of Yari, I would refer to what for me means our vision of gender, ie the idea that reality has shown me fariana. To begin with I must say this perception have not only a woman, but for being revolutionary. Being proletarian.

    This is the starting point, talk about the double exploitation of women is the development of feminism from the class struggle, is talking about the liberation of women with a deep and fierce conception of class against capitalism and what this imposes not only to women but to the exploited classes; and which necessarily budgeted changes are not only vindictive, short-term but especially long-term: in socialism.

    Discrimination, exclusion, invisibility to women not born in capitalism there are deepened, basically because the woman ceases to be a producing more consumer goods as it was in feudalism, in the artisan workshop of his house where at the same time taking care of her and of all its inhabitants; to become simple “housewife” without be appraised in its immense dimension this work, actually a large proportion of surplus value is extracted from the work of housewives increased with those at the same time have the need to work for whatever reasons.

    However the problem does not end there, because the fetishism of capitalism itself turns women into a commodity to be bought or sold, the valued so they can offer to their sex. In addition also it plays an extremely important role for capital: they are the main consumers, and are taken into account to the extent that it is they who decide what to buy at home.

    All these understanding them conditions in a long and dynamic process has created and strengthened an androcentric and patriarchal culture that not only takes the bourgeoisie but transcends hegemonic way to alienate a large part of society, convincing the normality of oppression, exclusion, denigration of women.

    Even we can say that some proletarian comrades were convinced the story of “being standard” and participate and promote this situation, knowing that they too this phenomenon deeply affected, since the schemes dominant male that requires this culture puts on extremely strong internal conflicts that paints them as a being that can not really exist, besides denying many human feelings that disguise the myth of the weak-strong sex.

    -just Fellow proletarians are many breeders of machismo and meekly assume the role of “adjective” relative to the other sex. This is the phenomenon of alienation that allows both men and women show selfless struggle for women’s liberation that definitely is not only women but provides gender equality in which both parties will benefit.

    The revolutionaries also have the moral duty to mobilize awareness of social and gender equality, we have an unspoken commitment to all the struggles, it is not approach them from a formal point of view, but that commitment imposes a thorough analysis of the phenomenon, compromising it from and with short-term changes but strategically directing our conception of class and our vision of society.

    -Indiscutiblemente The struggles of women, popular and social organizations, sexual diversity, of different sectors consistent with gender equity, they have carved out a long way; but seeds, fertilizers, provided by the diversity of opinions, healthy debate and especially the praxis, will empower this work.

    If men and women act in line with a clearly defined vision, not only will soon harvest but of unquestionable quality and equal assume the challenges of the new society.

    By Sarah Moon Nariño, Peace Delegation FARC-EP


    The guerrillas want peace with social justice to continue working, now without weapons, for a better country for all the Colombian population. We dream of equal opportunities for women and guarantees of our human rights, study and work in what interests us. All this, of course, within the framework of the plans of our organization. These are the clearest ideas that have then left me to converse and share with hundreds of guerrillas on how we see ourselves in peace.

    Many people in Colombia and the world is optimistic about the peace process, believe that if the agreement is signed and so we invite from and to their homes and plan of work that together, we will do for Colombia to both we want. We talk about how important it will be reunited with our families, especially our children. We listen and we will also riding in that car optimism.

    But as soon they leave and were alone, put his head on the pillow and here comes the problem: pensadera … will end paramilitarism ?; Do we achieve policy without kill us ?; Will we make desired peace?

    We have years of resistance against a criminal State which has used the targeted killing as a way of doing politics. The bourgeoisie has expropriated the name of the right to private property, no matter how the purchase. Kill all who set as winner than her affections. No lie of the Communists, just have to read the report of the Historical Commission, yes, more than 800 pages, but that’s part of the story.

    They also live in the mind of every guerrilla, each guerrilla, each person who has fought for the rights of the Colombian people, the horrors committed by that State. And the war lasted longer than what was intended when a handful of men and women decided to rise up in Marquetalia because they did not want to die shot in the back by demanding justice. And this has led us to make mistakes, that’s true.

    Anyway. Read messages from other friends, other people who write to us by social networks or pages of the FARC-EP saying, be careful not surrender their weapons that will kill !, remember the history of Colombia! And we anyway we turn to introduce optimism. Yes, because if we do not believe in this process then what we got to talk. They have done other people with worse problems, how will not succeed in Colombia?

    And it is when the guerrilla, as the guerrillas will reply to friends and to those who are not but tell us that among all the Colombian people have to achieve to make peace. To close ranks paramilitarism, the enemies of dialogue, who need war because they live it.

    Guerrilla see us working with the communities where we always have been but without the pressure of a bombing or the arrival of paramilitary razing everything we’ve built. Without the fear of targeted killing by winning a seat to traditional politicians, think critically and act in accordance with it, being opposition, for the left, for being Communists.

    In the FARC-EP we believe that peace is possible and that Colombia can not continue in endless war. We accepted the invitation to make us friends to their homes, to work together for this beautiful country. Every Colombian and Colombian should think that peace will not be without its positive contribution, passivity only serves the enemies of peace that invade the media with messages dispiriting. Come all and all for peace we deserve!

    By Candelaria Viva, guerrilla FARC-EP


    Having spent several days in Havana, Cuba, which certainly filled my life with rich experience, not only for having had the opportunity to meet in person most of our leadership, but to know that beautiful country and the people which is an example of dignity and resistance, we returned to the area where the pilot project would be brought forward.

    My first experience in El Orejón (II)

    In the new return to El Orejón, in Briceno, Antioquia, after a long journey back to the airport Caucasia, were taken to a makeshift site in order to hide our identity, and, of course, I imagined that too with the in order to avoid any incident caused by those interested in sabotaging the peace process. After a half hour wait on that site, we boarded the helicopter that took us to our destination.

    After about forty minute flight note, finally, the place where we would stay in the company of people of different nationality, customs, cultures, ways of seeing the world, and why not say, and where they also would, now, sharing a specific task in building peace, with whom for more than 50 years we have faced death, that is, with members of the National Army. Without the pilot left off the machine, the three guerrillas of the FARC-EP and two Cuban journalists left the ship, and watched a short distance the presence of many people awaiting our arrival, including farmers, Norwegian People’s Aid APN, Government and Army.

    We headed to the house where we would find other people who would be part of proyecto.Se felt a friendly atmosphere, the house was a little changed, was still under construction but looked different. There I was introduced to Lieutenant William Villanueva and sergeants Fredy Lozano and Luis Fernando Sosa, who share the house with us, but who at the time were staying in another house.

    We were seated in the respective quarters. I remember a couple, Esteban Rueda and a young woman named Sara Marin, who gave us jackets that would identify us as members of the Pilot Project and blue shirts emblazoned with doves as symbols. Immediately we began to organize our stuff.

    Although all the people who were with us showed very friendly, I felt a bit stressed, because although we and the soldiers were unarmed, many years of conflict end up creating in the head of one many questions that are not easy to clear. I like for example, if we would be able to agree on the task of decontamination born of de-escalation agreement? Yes it would be possible to share space as a dining table, a place to meet and concrete tasks within the framework of commitment? Are they would be able to look at us as equal persons and not as someone who submit to his will?

    We met with the team to agree on the time it would convene the community with the idea of ​​informing of the steps that should be given. She would be the most benefited with decontamination of the territory. The meeting would be the representatives of NPC, DAICMA, soldiers engaged in demining, the FARC-EP and the community. It was agreed that would take place in the afternoon in a small school quite shabby.

    When the time of the meeting, we left all to school. We begin with the presentation of the participants and those from that time would begin to be protagonists in the front line, something that was first seen in Colombia. Guerrillas, soldiers, government and community share the same stage to talk about the things that worried both about as others.

    When the peasants took the word, I was thrilled to hear how strongly they spoke to without fear claiming government guarantees, so that they are not only decontaminated explosives its territory, but undertook to give them a life dignified, with profitable productive projects, road, education, health and recreation. And all in a demilitarized area that is free of paramilitarism. Demining then erradicarles the illicit crops without substitution plan, or for the company to continue moving the Hidroituango as so far not used.

    After a long discussion in which government spokesmen pledged to promote social projects, productive projects and decontaminated sites that would not be used for military advantage for either side, farmers quieted a bit. Moreover, to largely ease tempers, government, warned of the lack of credibility enjoyed by the State, requested the delegate of the FARC to explain the purpose of the pilot project, as a gesture of de-escalation in the framework of Agreements Havana, in order to build confidence between the parties.

    The next day decontamination work in different areas began. Every evening we met to balance the activities fulfilled. As three days, in the afternoon, we were surprised by an explosion in the High Captain. Immediately the military for the radios we were informed that a soldier had stood on a mine.

    The news brought sadness to all that we were engaged in this task, because the boy had already shared several days of work and cheerful sports integration into a football championship.

    The unfortunate accident with loss of life of this humble young man, forced us to pause for readjusting security measures. And it was in those days when I had the chance to see me again with Colonel Benitez, who I said I was impressed by his appearance rough and arrogant man. As already commented that treating him with more confidence, turned out to be a kind person, with whom you could talk a good way.

    I think this experience all learned, because despite the differences between us, representatives of the State, APN, and guerrillas, including the difference in languages, customs and cultures, we were in the real field meet most of the agreed. Misunderstandings were handled with respect and with each passing day we had the ability and confidence to say things without affecting coexistence. A beautiful memory.

    Por Cristina Ruiz, guerrillera de las FARC-EP

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