Letters for Reconciliation 3 Minutes Version

Letters for Reconciliation 3 Minutes Version


The campaign is called Letters for the Reconciliation We were in the streets, schools and universities Looking for people who wanted to send a message to you (FARC Ex-combatants) Because we believe that peace does not only come from you, or the government but rather society as a whole Receiving this letter, now that we have a peace process The media has portrayed us like the demons That we are the worst, but we are not We are people who want change, but with social justice Where all of us are welcome And we are grateful to you, the students For being interested in this (peace) process We want to work side by side with the communities We want to build, we want to develop ourselves Reenter civil society To live together and share I consider this is one of the most beautiful experiences But also more impactful that a Colombian can have Why? Because you get to discover the other side of war You get to know the FARC-EP How are they organized, who are their members But most of all which are their life stories As we, civil society have a beautiful, difficult life story They (FARC members) also have their own story to tell It is very important that lots of Colombians can come to the FARC encampments To connect with the FARC and see them as social beings who can transform the world I want to send a message to everyone who wrote these beautiful letters Welcoming all the guerrilla members These kinds of actions are necessary and very valuable Because the FARC members will feel welcome And they will not have the fear that one normally has of going out to the cities That everyone is going to reject them I believe (that the visit to the FARC encampments) radically changed my perspective I was raised in an environment where I was told that the FARC were the worst in the country If there was an explosion or a kidnap it was the fault of the FARC They are people like us, that perhaps did not have such a good past But I, as an individual, I am forgiving them And simply, if one day I find one of the people I interacted here with on the streets I can easily invite them a cup of coffee

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