Former FARC guerrilla tells of projects for reincorporation
Former FARC-EP guerrilla, Dutch citizen Tanja Nijmeijer, Alexandra Nariño, tells ANF about the projects set up by former fighters.
Former FARC-EP guerrilla Alexandra Nariño (Tanja Nijmeijer) is now working in the Commission for the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement signed between the FARC and the Colombian government in November 2016.
Nijmaijer has taken ANF to one of the Territorial Space for Training and Reincorporation where former FARC guerrillas settled after they decommission their weapons.
La Elvira is the Territorial Space where Nijmaijer herself settled, although she is now spending part of her time in Bogota to work in the Commission.
In La Elvira at one point over 300 former guerrillas lived, but now around 100 are those living there on a almost permanent basis, others have left due to the government non implementation of the agreement, as Nijmaijer herself pointed out in this interviews.
In the Territorial Space a cooperative, La Esperanza (Hope) has been set up by former guerrillas and some productive projects have been undertaken, such as coffee production, while a self-run nursery service for the former fighters community as well as the villages around the Space is being set up these days with the support of the Italian Cooperative Noncello and funds of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.