In years of fighting against the Colombian government, female fighters of the FARC guerillas were not allowed to have children. Once, the rebels started negotiating peace their camps experimented a true baby boom.
Sargento Pascuas is the longest-serving active member of the FARC guerrillas. He is 76 years old and has been fighting for over 50 years. Now, as the FARC are giving up the armed struggle, he wonders what do to with his last years of life. He hasn’t learnt anything else than fighting.
Colombia’s bloodletting has left the country with a macabre puzzle. The government says 61,825 people have been reported missing and there are records of more than 11,000 unidentified corpses. People of Puerto Berrio adopt the tombs of the unknown dead.
In the beginning of 2011, the reporter of the German magazine Zeit Magazin, Marian Blasberg, and me went on to an exhaustive investigation in Caracas which took us of several weeks. Our overall aim was to compare the discourse of the omnipresent president Hugo Chávez with the reality of his people.