Reclaiming children of war: Jhon Hernando


May 14, 2012

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Photo Credit: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

We ran for four hours. They sent nine people after us. We thought they’d find us and kill us.

— Jhon, former child soldier, on his escape from the FARC.

Jhon Hernando stood guard and cooked during his nine-month stint in the FARC, the Marxist guerrilla group founded in 1964. He wanted to leave sooner, but risked being killed if a comrade sought a reward for ratting out his escape plans. Now he earns money cutting hair, a trade he learned while in Colombia’s transitional program for child soldiers.

Learn more about how Mercy Corps is helping Colombia's child soldiers start over in our special report: Reclaiming children of war.