Tanja Nijmeijer

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Tanja Nijmeijer
Born 13 February 1978
Denekamp, Netherlands
Other names Eileen
Alexandra Nariño
Occupation English teacher, FARC member
Years active 2002–present

Tanja Nijmeijer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɑɲaː ˈnɛimɛiər]; born 13 February 1978), also known as Alexandra Nariño, is a Dutch guerilla fighter and former English teacher who has been a member of the Colombian guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) since 2002. She has also been one of the group's leading public figures since the discovery of her diary in 2007.[1] She is part of the negotiating team involved in ongoing peace talks with the Colombian government.

Early life and education[edit]

Tanja Nijmeijer was born on 13 February 1978 in Denekamp in the Netherlands.

Nijmeijer studied Romance languages and Romance cultures at the University of Groningen. In 1998 she went to Colombia and became an English teacher.[2] She later returned to the Netherlands and continued her university studies.

FARC[edit]

In 2002, Nijmeijer returned to Colombia and in November joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). She became one of FARC's leading public figures from 2007 onwards, when a private journal she had been keeping was found by the Colombian military and became the focus of international news reports. In her journal Nijmeijer wrote about the hardships of, and her occasional disillusionment with life as a guerrilla.[2] Up until 2010, Nijmeijer was in a romantic relationship with a nephew of FARC leader Víctor Julio Suárez Rojas.[1]

In Autumn 2012, she was named as a member of the FARC delegation in the negotiations with the Colombian government in Oslo.[3]

She is charged with terrorism in the United States for allegedly participating in the kidnapping of three American citizens. If found guilty she would face up to 60 years in prison.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tanja Nijmeijer Colombia Reports, 19 November 2012
  2. ^ a b Pachico, Elyssa (7 November 2012). "Dutch FARC Guerrilla Arrives in Cuba (and Sings About it)". InSight Crime. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Farc to send Dutch woman to Oslo talks, The Guardian, October 16, 2012
  4. ^ "US court indicts Dutch Farc rebel Tanja Nijmeijer". BBC News. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Dutch Tanja Nijmeijer on US terrorist charges, Radio Netherlands Worldwide by Reinout van Wagtendonk, December 15, 2010