Friday, March 13, 2020

Interview with Social Worker Daniela Rojas Garnica

The following article explains the atrocity in Colombia in 2010, presents an original story beautifully written about the children and introduces social worker Daniela Rojas Garnica with whom I had a short inerview.

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Letter to U.S. officials regarding rape and murder by Colombian military

Description: Last Thursday, October 14, three siblings, Jenny, age 14, Jimmy, age 9, and Jeferson, age 6, were found tortured, strangled and beheaded in a ditch near their home in Caño Temblador, near Tame, Arauca. A delegation made up of their teachers, social leaders of Tame, a member of Arauca’s state legislature and representatives of the Permanent Committee for Human Rights visited the ditch and took testimony from witnesses in the area that links the Colombian military with what happened. Apparently, military men raped the girl and killed the boys who witnessed their sister’s rape. The Commander of the 18th Brigade complained to local radio programs that the accusations were false and made up by the "guerrillas." More than 6,000 people from the region showed up at their funeral on October 19 in a demonstration of solidarity with the family, condemning the crime and demanding a prompt and clear investigation, given the fact that the presumed responsibility falls on members of the Colombian Army. 

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                                                                                                       THE GAME THAT HID MY FRIENDS

This story is made in memory of the case of violence presented in the municipality of Tame, Arauca in 2010.


Ten years ago, on the "Flor Amarillo" sidewalk in the municipality of Tame (Arauca), I remember that it was more or less in the middle of October 2010 that all the children on the sidewalk were meeting, playing, since we like to play hide and seek in the forest because it is very big.

We agreed to get together to play after lunch, they chose me to count from ten to ten to a thousand, and then go out to look for my friends who had surely hidden among the trees, - well you know what it is about the game! well the case is that we were: Pedrito, Juanchito, Miguelito, Carlitos, Osquítar, Francy and me; first caught Miguelito unprepared ... - "1, 2.3 por Miguelito", then I surprised the Osquítar, hidden there on top of an orange tree. - "1, 2.3 for Osquítar", after neglecting my "base" I am surprised by Pedrito: - 1, 2.3 for me and "safe country" which implies saving the rest of the players, that is, Juanchito , Carlitos and Francy.

- Francy, Juanchito, Carlitos? , already "saved homeland" for you.

Ten minutes and nothing, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and nothing.

- We are all going to look for them, could it be that they hid far away?

- Sure !, and maybe that's why Pedrito doesn't listen to us.

We decided to distribute ourselves to look for them and this is where the mystery begins, Pedrito went to the houses to see if they were close, Miguelito walked in the direction of some banana crops, where it was said that the spirit of evil lived. Osquítar and I instead walked around the area where we were playing in the hope of reaching the "base".

Around the houses nobody had seen them, the only thing they knew was that their father was working on the neighboring sidewalk and that they were not authorized to leave the sidewalk, therefore they would not be with him. Miguelito, on the other hand, moved to the banana crops with the fear of meeting the evil spirit, but what he was finding was nothing more than clothing from his friends, first he found a shoe by Francy, possibly the right, then he found the scarf he was wearing as part of his hairstyle, he also found a flip flop for his older brother, a shirt for his younger brother and something a little more strange, he found whole locks of long hair, some say that the spirit leaves remains of hair so that they know that it was he who took them and disappeared them.

For our part, Osquítar and I, we were waiting a lot around our game, going round and round, waiting and waiting but nothing. Then we hoped to see them at school the next day, they did not go, we also expected them to visit us at home to do the homework all together as always, on Wednesdays and Fridays, but neither. In short, we have never seen them return.

Ten years have passed, since the spirit disappeared, however we still meet his father on special dates to eat and play, he is very happy to see us. He says seeing us reminds him of the innocence and purity of children and of course we reflect his children. Although it is hard to accept that they are no longer physically with us, I know that they are still here, because I feel them close. Sometimes dreaming of them, they are always dressed in white and in reality they look very calm, I see them very happy playing "the wheel wheel" and then ... they reach out their hands and invite me to play with them and as I walk towards them , they tell me:

-You are not to blame, friend, that this is so ugly, however, peace must be achieved, we must fight for our dreams, do not worry about us, here we are very well, we are happy and we are calm.

-All right, Francy, Juancho and Carlitos, your words give me courage and strength to not stop dreaming and chasing my dreams, do not forget that we also continue from here and will continue to remember them every day and carry them with us in our thoughts and dreams. And especially remembering for you.

- I know, friend, I know ... Let's play until you wake up.

I invite you, and all the children, not to lose hope of finding paths that lead us to peace, to persist in the fight not to be forgotten.

What ending would you put to the story? (children may write snd draw in a space below)
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SUBJECT: Interview on the psychosocial area CORPORACIÓN CLARETIANA
Wishing success in your daily work through this I will give an account of the
psychosocial support process that we provide at the CORPORATION
CLARETIANA NORMÁN PEREZ BELLO to victims of state crimes in the framework
of the Colombian armed conflict, in relation to the questions sent by mail

With the paramilitary presence throughout the country, a massive forced displacement began without
precedents that led the Intercongregational Commission for Justice and Peace of the CRC to direct
its actions in defense of the rights of communities in various regions of the country. The
Claretians were part of the Intercongregational Justice and Peace and we carried out missions
especially in Medellín del Ariari, Meta; also in communities of Chocó and

For the year 1996, at the initiative of students in the training stage and trainers,
we decided to form the Human Rights Committee "Norman Pérez Bello" in memory
of this young man who worked with the Claretian Missionaries and was assassinated by the forces of the State in Bogotá (1992). Since then, we have welcomed leaders and defenders and
human rights defenders, formalizing us as a Corporation in 2003 as
non-governmental organization defending human rights and accompaniment to
victims of state crimes in the framework of the Colombian armed conflict.

The Corporation provides comprehensive and therapeutic psychosocial care, whose target population
It is made up of human rights defenders and victims of State crimes in the framework of the armed conflict that remain in Bogotá, who present psychosocial affectations as a result of the victimizing acts, and they well request Attention or are sent by social organizations with which we work in partnership. Psychosocial support and care is carried out from the systemic and
social constructionism, implementing the model of resilience and mutual aid in
individual, family, group and community intervention, from careful listening and
art therapy, which allows through music, painting, meditation, dance between
other techniques that allow identifying needs, potentialities and aspects to be transformed
for the reconstruction of life projects.

In the framework of psychosocial care, the following programs of Attention:

1. Welcoming the lives of those who defend human rights: a shelter for Human rights defenders who are in a situation of risk, providing support through the temporary shelter modality, being
initially the reception for one month, with an extension of up to three months, in that period of time humanitarian aid is provided, legal advice, psychosocial support, food, clothing, therapeutic care and training through the School - Workshop.

2. Workshop School: Mending our history, weaving hope: Training space in human rights for boys, girls, youth, women and men who have been victims of State crimes in the framework of the armed conflict, being a space for recognition and enforceability of rights.

3. MUTRAME: Focus group of women who have been victims of the loss of their brothers or sentimental partners in the framework of the armed conflict, working from art therapy
the elaboration of the duel and from the memory component the reconstruction of their life projects and emotional as well as spiritual healing.

4. Social Movement of Boys, Girls and Youth for PEACE: It was born from the perspective that children and young people manage to imagine new paths for the notion of the component political, social and cultural of the country from childhood, in order to promote knowledge and practices from their experiences that allow influencing as political subjects in all spaces in those that develop.
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INTERVIEW with social worker Daniela Rojas Garnica, coordinator of attention and psychosocial accompaniment, Norman Perez Bello, Claretian Corporation

How sad! How awful! These horrible crimes have never been solved and the
military arrested. Has something been done?

Faced with the case of Tame Arauca on the murder and rape of a 14-year-old girl and
murder of her two brothers, aged 9 and 6, in 2010, a situation that is reflected
through children's literature, it was not an unpunished case in Colombia, since the military
committed this act was convicted of the crimes of aggravated violent carnal access and
aggravated homicide. However, the father of the children at the present time presents
permanent persecution and threats for reporting the fact.

The little tale is so beautiful in its simplicity of searching for the children and not
finding them. But their spirits live and peace is requested. Who wrote this story?

The story is written by Karen Rubiano of the Republican University Corporation,
who accompanies from her internship at the NORMAN CLARETIAN CORPORATION
PEACE, setting where the story is built: "The game that hid my friends."

What do you hope to achieve by getting people to read this? Do you think that the United States
will intervene and help defame the military responsible for these crimes?

From the construction of children's literature, it is sought with children and young people to make
a critical analysis of the reality of the country, being aware of the need for
social transformation in our territories and conceive ourselves as subjects of rights and
hope. I think organizations like USAID and the UN are betting on the fight to defend
human rights; however, it is necessary to have a complete analysis of the
problems to be able to intervene effectively.

I hope that justice is done/. What else
can we do to help?

We appreciate your solidarity and availability of help, we consider that a way
It is wonderful to support us is to give an account of our process and work at the international level.

I remain attentive,

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