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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

An admirable peace encounter

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By: Rubén Zamora, FARC-EP

In the village of Buenavista, in Mesetas, Meta, the “Mariana Páez” Transitional Zone of the FARC-EP is located, where 546 guerrillas inhabit its rustic huts made out of wood and plastic. Dreams, rebellions and the irrepressible struggle for peace remain there, and above all, the humanistic feelings and personalities behind the sun burnt skin of many revolutionary struggle days.

To this place that is nestled in the piedmont ridge, peace volunteers came from the National Pedagogical University, the District University of Bogotá and the “Nacho” University as they say popularly call the National University. Having almost 200 students visit the Transitional Zone was a formidable experience. From the moment we saw each other's faces a strange feeling moved us all.

This initiative of the Federation of University Students (FEU) touched the hearts of many. Smiling, singing, shouting, dancing, playing, studying and shouting in the wind on part of the volunteers was the way to express the meaning of this encounter with our guerrilla community.

It was not only an encounter of experiences, of knowledge, of rebellions and hopes; it was also the coming together around a common purpose: reconciliation and peace.

With the students we shared stories of our lives narrated at moments with pain and tears, and epic accounts of an asymmetric war that ended with the victory of common sense: politics as a science of ideas and struggles for reconciliation and peace.

We came together and merged in the great synergy for life and peace. We value the need to multiply peace volunteerism. We would like it to become a social movement in true movement. The task is to follow up and monitor the peace accords, to multiply dreams and to plant the university within the territories, where the intelligence of their communities should be harvested.

In truth, nothing was more beautiful than imagining peace beyond words and beyond a promise. Peace is paradigmatic, understood as a consequence of the transforming action of society.

At the time of departure everything was nostalgia. A student and guerrilla walk left by the access route to the place where the buses were waiting to return the vibrant and renewed youth to the capital of the country. Exchanges of gifts, kisses, hugs and promises reaffirmed to the students that beyond the media infamy, there is a wonderful world to be discovered and lived: the stories and the immense palpitating love of the guerrilla life.

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