For years, the Dutch have been suffering surges of concern and confusion regarding Tanja Nijmeijer, a Dutch woman who joined the Colombian militant group FARC many years ago, much to the horror of her family.
Concerns for Tanja rose steeply when the Colombians released information that they had struck a major FARC camp where the Dutch woman was last seen. Rumors have surfaced however that she actually survived the intense bombardment that killed so many of the group. In October, a Colombian journalist was the latest in a number to say that the woman is still alive.
The Dutch have been hoping that somehow the woman they believe is being held against her wishes will find a way out or be rescued. These hopes have recently received a serious blow. Recent footage of Nijmeijer shot by the Colombian journalist indicates she stays with FARC voluntarily.
There are two camps on the issue. One believes Nijmeijer cannot say what she really thinks and is simply delivering a canned speech designed to put off any public backing of her being rescued. The other believes that the young woman has genuinely turned.