By: Ricardo Tellez, FARC-EP
It has been an illusion for many years to see the National Football Team in the final of a World Cup. Imagine that to get to that instance we had to lose many games, we had many injured, downturns and - for decades - not even qualifying to the international competition.
Sports were a prohibited activity for the guerrillas for many years: they had to be in constant alert, with their weapons at hand and with an open eye to avoid any surprise of the enemy. Now that peace is slowly reaching many regions, minds and hearts in Colombia, an opportunity rises once again for many to enjoy healthy fun and physical exercise.
Originally posted November 3, 2013 in: www.resistencia-colombia.org
Days go by, the World Cup comes closer and the system brings out again the most horrible aspects of football.
The association CONPAZ, of more than 113 Afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant communities and organizations in Colombia, has been working for 14 years with the communities affected by the armed conflict. Now this organization sents an open letter to James Rodr?guez.
To coach Pekerman and the Colombian team
Dear coach, above all our respectful greetings to you, your technical team and to our entire team.
Soon, the first match against Greece will take place, in the framework of the World Cup 2014, and we know that the expectation and the good wishes of the country are a whole that will become inspiration. Within this context, we wanted to express our appreciation, our voice of encouragement and wishes for success and glory in the Brazilian turf.
Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, December 6, 2013.
OPEN LETTER ON THE FOOTBALL MATCH FOR PEACE
The Peace Delegation FARC-EP stands ready to play the football match for Peace, at the invitation of our compatriots Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama and Mauricio "Chicho" Serna.
Open Letter to Valderrama and Chicho Serna
CARLOS ALBERTO VALDERRAMA
We feel glad to write you on the occasion of Colombia's peace, because we are loyal fans of the feats you starred on the different fields of our country and the world.
The Agrarian and Popular National Strike in Colombia counted on an unexpected ally. In the main cities of the country, groups of young football supporters, the barristas, displayed enormous flags of solidarity with the strike, and joined on a massive scale the marches and cacerolazos, accompanied by members of trade unions, students and social movements, always singing canticles and yelling slogans of rebellion.