The female fighters who strike fear in the hearts of Colombian troops

“The women are the worst,” said one special forces officer, his name withheld because he works under cover. “If you get captured, you pray it’s by the male rebels.”

The female guerrillas are the most savage and brutal interrogators, he said. “They’re more ideological than the men. They’re merciless.”…

According to this chilling 2014 report by the BBC, the guerrillas practice forced abortions. Others fighters have given birth and had their children taken away. The BBC spoke to several mothers who ran away from the rebels and are now searching in anguish for lost sons and daughters.