Gallery: The Warriors

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Colombian Task Force soldiers patrol in the jungles of Vista Hermosa Meta, near a FARC camp. (Mauricio Moreno Valdes / Flickr)

"Elda strove to become 'the best guerrilla' and was constantly terrified of being accused of weakness or sloth. At 17, her commander, Efrain Guzman (nicknamed Friopacho) sent her to Meta, a district in the center of Colombia, just east of the Andes, to enroll in military and officer training. Elda excelled at the FARC's curso de commandantes and was given command of a 12-man squad three months after she arrived."
-- Anne Phillips, "Once Were Warriors"
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