The girl turned herself to soldiers patrolling a zone in the Calamar municipality, where she spent 20 days hiding in the jungle and feeding on wild fruits.
After conducting medical examinations on the minor, the Calamar Family Police Station transferred her protection to the Family Welfare Institute. The finding of this survivor on Monday confirms minors' presence in the camp at the moment of the attack, a fact that had been rejected by the Military.
It is not the first case showing the Colombian Army's indiscriminate use of force against irregular groups. There was also a bombing in Caqueta where seven minors died in 2019.
Reports indicating up to 12 teenagers and children killed in army bombing. Horrifying response by Colombian Min. of Defence ignores int. law by calling operation "legitimate" & justifying targeting of children who may be victims of forced recruitment calling them "war machines" pic.twitter.com/TVjVQQM6Fw
The latest actions against "Gentil Duarte" militias claimed the life of at least 14 people, including several minors, in the Calamar municipality early this month.
Defense Minister Diego Molano's comments on the attack unleashed critics since he classified children in the irregular military camps as "war machines" against which the legitimate use of force "must be used."
"To consider a minor as a war machine falls apart all the constitutional duty and the State's responsibility to guarantee human rights," the Humanity in Force President Olga Silva said.