I am passionate about
ActionsI have helped to create a positive change through setting an example. I not
only forgave my captors, but I have worked and currently work with them.
Together, we are an example that forgiveness and reconciliation are possible.
My experience was different from that of other victims because I did not hate
my captors; on the contrary, I wanted to help them regain their freedom.
While being kidnapped, I realized that many of the guerrillas there had
joined trying to find opportunities, running away from poverty and abuse.
Knowing their reality changed the image I had of many of them. That was the
reason why on the day I was released I promised them I would help them regain
their freedom, and since that day I have not stopped.
I began studying political science to have a better understanding of the root
causes of the conflict in Colombia so I could eventually find a good solution
to ending it. Upon graduation, I interned at the United Nations Security
Council in New York to broaden my knowledge about conflicts in other
countries: why are some ongoing? And how have others ended? With better
tools, I returned to Bogotá to work at the Colombian Agency for
Reintegration. I was able to help guerrillas find a way out of the conflict
and reincorporate into civilian life. However, even though this is their only
way out, it is a difficult process, and for natural reasons society
stigmatizes and rejects this population. The key was that there were fewer
young people that believe joining an armed group would relieve them of their
problems. At that point, I joined Fundación Corona as a Project Coordinator,
convinced that education is the most powerful tool to keep young people away
from crime and focused on their future.
Recently, I created a social enterprise with some demobilized, and together
we make jewels to demonstrate that forgiveness and reconciliation are
possible. Throughout my story I want to show that war leaves us wounds only
peace can heal.