Steven to FARC: “sirs you have cut my wings; you destroyed my hopes”
Steven is the 13 year old boy of Colombian Army Sergeant Major Jose Libio Martinez who was never able to meet his father executed last Saturday by the FARC kidnappers who shot him in the head when surrounded by Colombian forces in the jungle.
The Sergeant had been kidnapped 14 years ago and was the longest held hostage by the Colombian terrorist group.
“Sirs of FARC You on Saturday 26 November cut my wings; you destroyed my hopes of meeting my father personally and embrace ourselves something which I have been longing for 13 years, 11 months and five days”, said Steven in an open address on national Colombian media.
The 13-year boy had become an icon of the struggle against kidnapping by armed groups and took the opportunity to beg to FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), and pray for the rest of hostages to be set free safe and sound, and the most important, alive”.
“To my father I want to tell him how much I love him, that from heaven he sends me such strength and such power” adding that “I love you so much and pls don’t forget that from here I am supporting you as I know that you from yonder, will be for ever sending me your blessings”.
Steven was born three months after the guerrilla run over the Patascoy military base in Nariño (southeast Colombia) on 21 December 1997, the reason for which he was never able to meet his father.
During captivity father and son kept in contact through messages when the live evidence requested from the guerrillas or through letters the boy sent with the guarantors of the liberation process of other hostages, as well as when he went on live Colombian or international television.
Steven pleaded for the freedom of his father by all means: he joined singer Juanes in a live peace concert and on another occasion walked 100 kilometres requesting support for him to see Sergeant Martinez.