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Dutch FARC-member Tanja Nijmeijer still alive

December 7, 2011

By Linda Meijvis

AMSTERDAM – Tanja Nijmeijer, the Dutch woman who joined the FARC 9 years ago, is still alive, a NOS interview showed.

“If you are here in the jungle and you continuously hear bombs and guns, then the only thing you think of as a guerrilla is shooting,” she said in the interview, held in November.

The FARC is a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization based in Columbia.

Nijmeijer (33) went to Pereira, Columbia in 1998 to teach English to children at an elite, private school. She befriended several people who were later found to have FARC connections. In 2002, she joined the FARC.

If she is found guilty on terrorism charges, she faces 60 years of custody.

Parts of interview will be broadcast Wednesday 8pm.

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