Wednesday, October 20

“If you are useless to kill, you are good to be killed”: paramilitary schools in Colombia where even children learned to murder and dismember

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  • BBC World News


Ramón Isaza was the leader of the Peasant Self-Defense Forces of Magdalena Medio.

The testimony was collected four years ago, more than a decade after the official demobilization of the paramilitaries grouped in the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, AUC.

But its publication in a recent report by the National Center for Historical Memory of Colombia on one of its structures is a powerful reminder of the horror and cruelty of the Colombian armed conflict.

The paramilitaries used to dismember many of their victims.

And the demobilized, who is contributing their memories to the Non-Judicial Mechanism for Contribution to Truth and Historical Memory on condition of anonymity, contributes gruesome details about the procedure.

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