A video, released by Noticias Uno, shows children in the FARC subjected to long hours of training in guerrilla tactics, like learning to arm and disarm fire arms, to handle grenades, to activate land mines, to ambush the enemy, and to infiltrate and evacuate combat areas.
The expressions on the faces of these young people suggest they think it is all part of a game. To survive, I suppose, one must think of it as game.
For some years now, I have been hoping to help establish, or to become involved in, some sort of independent program to help kids who were once in the FARC. A close friend suggests we focus our time on prevention of children joining the FARC in areas of high-risk. Let’s see. One thought a day, even if at turtle pace, and one day soon, we will get somewhere.
To see Colombian children play with words in books, with art supplies, or with acting and singing in a theatre, as long as none of it involves gun powder, that’s what I wish for 2012.
Happy New Year.