Photo: Viviana Duarte
Officer Yesid Edgar Duarte, who was shot in cold blood by Colombian FARC last month, spent every night of his 13 years in captivity writing and drawing for his little girl.
“As a token of my love, I made you this notebook, that I hope you’ll keep as a love treasure that reminds you every time you look at it, of your far-away and diffuse father, confined in the jungle serving a sentence that man invented on a whim, but even so, neither distance nor time can make me forget the little angel of love begotten,” wrote Edgar Yesid Duarte to his daughter Viviana.
“I think he was trying to educate me as I was growing up , said Viviana to El Tiempo. “Every value he wanted to teach me, every rule of life, everything he thought to tell me in person, he wrote and drew on these pages.”
Duarte worked on his project at night. For each drawing he added to the notebook, the officer imagined a casual chat with his young daughter.
During the 13 years of his captivity in the Colombian jungle Duarte wrote 17 tales. On page 31, there is one entitled ‘The Millionaire Pig’ . “It is a lesson in humility he gave me here. This is a piglet who has everything, food, clothing, jewelry and money. From flaunting all the time, one day he bursts” remarked Viviana.
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