|A protest march by the mothers of the disappeared in Soacha.|
|Two Soacha mothers.|
Among the many terrible chapters of Colombia's long armed conflict, the Falses Positives stand out not only because the killings were committed by the military but also because of the calculated and cold-blooded way that the crimes were carried out.
Now, more than three years after the Soacha killings came to light, the victims' mothers have made a documentary which is being shown around Bogotá. Here's their Facebook group.
|The mother of a False Positive victim |
before her son's photo. (Photo: Global Post)
On the positive side, the killings were not covered up. And, in the end, a group of high-level military officials were fired over the scandal. But legal prosecutions for the killings have been few and progressed slowly. In the case of the Soacha youths, El Tiempo reported in May that only one of the prosecutions had advanced, while cases against some other soldiers had been dropped because time limits had expired. Eight soldiers were convicted in this case.
Meanwhile, the mothers who continue fighting for justice for their sons are gaining a moral stature similar to that of the Argentinean mothers who lost children in that nation's 'Dirty War.'
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours