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WANTED SA has just learned this date that the Dutch Woman who joined Colombia's largest rebel group only to complain of disillusionment in a diary found in 2007 at an abandoned jungle camp now appears in a video pledging allegiance to the guerrillas. Yes "Che" who is also a favorite hero of Okke Ornstein is not really the hero after all, but Okke Ornstein still glorifies Che.
In a brief interview Tanja Nijmeier says in Spanish that she is not being held against her will and is proud to belong to the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Now she gets all the Cocaine to snort, all the Marijuana to smoke and all the sex she wants on a 24 hour basis.
Come to Panama and meet Okke Ornstein Tanja and get the same, but I do not know about sex because Okke writes about his obsession and his girl friend says he is disinterested in sex.
"Just come and try to 'free' me and we'll receive you here with AK (Kalashnikov rifles), with .50 (caliber machine guns), with mines, with mortars, with everything," she says in the video, which Colombian journalist Jorge Botero says he recorded in August at a rebel camp.
Nijmeier, dressed in olive green fatigues and cradling an assault rifle, says she'll stay with the FARC "until victory or death and there's no going back."
Who wants her back anyways!
The 32-year-old Dutch woman joined in 2003 becoming the first individual from outside Latin America known to have enlisted in the region's largest rebel army.
In her diary, she indicated in a Nov. 24, 2006 entry that like most FARC foot soldiers, she was not permitted to leave. "This would be worth it if I knew I was fighting for something. But I don't really believe that anymore," she wrote, according to excerpts released by the government.
President Juan Manuel Santos, who was defense minister when the diary was discovered, used it to try to counter "guerrilla chic" in Europe where the FARC has some supporters.
Dutch rights activist Liduine Zumpole, who co-authored a book about Nijmeier and has worked to persuade her to demobilize, said she believes Nijmeier is sincere in her revolutionary fervor and commitment to the rebels. After all the Dutch are freedom fighters, but not in their own country
"To me, it's a completely lost case," she told The Associated Press on Thursday. Zumpole said Tanja was with the FARC's No. 2 leader, Jorge Briceno, just days before his Sept. 22 death in a military bombardment.
Nijmeier's older sister Marloes has been in Colombia for several weeks and recorded a video message imploring her rebel sibling to flee that was to be broadcast Thursday evening by Colombia's two main TV networks.
"You are alive now, but there is a great possibility that you won't survive," she says, according to a Spanish translation provided to the AP. "Take off, and that way you can at least do something really constructive in Holland."
In her video interview, Tanja is asked what she thinks about when she thinks of Holland.
Speaking in Dutch, she turns wistful.
"I remember the village where I come from, Denekamp. I remember the school near where my house stood, the church my parents used to attend," she says. "I remember the streets, the shops and the people. I remember going on Sunday with Papa jogging in the forest.
"I get melancholy when I think about my family. I have good memories of the Netherlands, about cheese and those sorts of little things," she adds.
She says she remembers "when I would sit in the train with a cup of coffee and a cigarette I would look at the Dutch landscape. Here in Colombia you really don't see any landscape. The jungle is very dense."
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