Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | August 30, 2011

Soldier infiltrated FARC to free his guerilla mother

Alias “Alexander” turned eighteen years old and showed up voluntarily for obligatory military service. He decided to stay in the army and join its intelligence unit. He knew his birth mother was a guerrilla and he wanted to find her.

A letter, in which she explained herself, reached Alexander. Alias “Carmenza” had joined the FARC when she was fourteen years old. Alexander was born in 1987 and she gave him to a family close to her husband.

With the help of the army, Alexander infiltrated the FARC’s 34th Front. He gained their trust because Carmenza presented him as her son. Alexander stayed there for two months waiting for the moment to flee. He and Carmenza fled in January 2011 with the help of the Armed Forces.

Carmenza said, “When I arrived in the FARC, I was convinced I was there to aid a revolutionary process, but I realized they have lost their ideological principles. Now I am happy that I have recovered my family.”

Listen here to Alexander tell W Radio his story.

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