Lorena Murcia was forcibly recruited at the age of 10, raped and forced to have an abortion by the Colombian narco-guerrillas who a few days ago were praised by Zapatero and Ione Belarra. She was raped on 31 December and, as if that wasn’t torture enough, they told her family: “That was the message they left my dad”, she recalls.
Lorena Murcia has become one of the voices of the girls kidnapped by FARC.
Together with four of her siblings, of whom she still knows nothing years later, she was kidnapped from her own home by FARC terrorists and taken to the jungle “in a van with 25 other children” on a journey lasting several days.
“You get shot” for crying
“When we arrived, they told us to look around us very carefully because from that moment on, we were guerrillas and that was going to be our family”. She does not forget how that same day they “changed their names, made them sleep on the floor” and warned them that from then on they could not cry. “Imagine what it’s like to tell a girl who has just been kidnapped that she can’t cry. To swallow your tears because if you don’t, they’ll shoot you, as happened to a child who was right next to me.”
They are not given weapons until six months later. They are only taught how to make them with a piece of wood and a stick. This is totally insufficient to defend themselves against the continuous abuse and rape to which the girls who join the guerrilla are subjected.
“They recruit other people’s children because they don’t want their own children to be cannon fodder to be killed in combat”, explains Lorena. “Only the commanders’ wives are allowed to give birth. The rest are forbidden by guerrilla statutes.”
FARC rebels pose with an unidentified girl holding a weapon in southern Colombia in this undated photo confiscated by the Colombian police and released to the media on November 12, 2009.
Even so, the commanders’ children “are directly given up for adoption to members of high society. They have all the money from drug trafficking so that they lack nothing.” In this way, they ensure their well-being and contacts in high places, whose silence is always complicit with the Colombian terrorists.
For guerrilla women like Lorena, “the rules were clear in the FARC statute: women could not get pregnant. It was a fundamental rule”. If any of them, as happened to Lorena, became pregnant after rape, she was forced to have an abortion through “inhumane practices, with hooks, by force and with the constant threat that if she did not stay still to have the abortion, she would be shot.”
Zapatero, “a despicable guy”
Even with this vivid and close testimony, Colombian terrorists today exercise their terror from politics and occupy the Congress of the Republic, “which should guarantee human rights in the country”. This is a position they have reached after the misnamed Peace Agreement between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the narco-guerrillas, a pact mediated by José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero, former Spanish Prime Minister and member of the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party PSOE.
Zapatero with Venezuela’s dictator Nicolás Maduro
The role of the former Spanish PM is widely criticised among Colombians, and especially among victims. Lorena Murcia considers that “no mentally coherent person would support a terrorist, rapist, kidnapper, recruiter and abortionist group“. She considers that doing so, “he puts the accomplice on a par with the rapist who sexually enslaved hundreds of women to please his insanity.”
Vanessa Vallejo, a Colombian journalist in exile in the USA from where she writes freely on Hispanic American politics, agrees with her. “For anyone who knows a minimum of politics in Colombia and Venezuela, Zapatero is a despicable guy who is dedicated to using his figure as a former President to wash the face of the worst terrorists.”
“Young people, research history”
Not only in Hispanic America. Both women find similarities with Bildu’s presence in the Spanish institutions and in the Human Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. That is why, from their experience and in view of the drift our country is taking, they implore young people to “investigate history, not to take what they are told because they are currently very vulnerable to politicians and terrorists.”
Rodrigo Londoño, Rodríguez Zapatero, Ione Belarra, Juan Manuel Santos and Josefina Echavarría
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the current minister Ione Belarra met last week with FARC terrorists whom they praised for laying down their arms: “I would have liked to hear more time, more ideas, about the process that led you to lay down your arms”, Zapatero told the terrorist Londoño. However, the Colombian guerrillas have not laid down their arms, continue to recruit and are the “largest drug trafficking cartel next to that of the Soles cartel in Venezuela”, according to Vanessa. The difference is that thanks to the mediation of the former Spanish President, they now do so under the protection of the law and with total impunity.