Laura Ulloa González

Country representing

Colombia

Languages

Spanish
English

Education

  • Universidad de los Andes
  • Ciencias Políticas

Current organisation

Self employed

Current role

Writing a book about my personal story

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Education
Project management
Public policy
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Education
Leadership
Peace and Conflict

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

I 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.