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Breaking News from the Peace Table in Havana
November 6, 2013
"All of a sudden you see some liquid coming towards your face and you think that somebody might have slipped, or that they want to get you wet," says Viviana Hernandez.
The 28-year-old Colombian recalls vividly the acid attack five years ago that left her with burns to her face, chest and hands, and cost her the use of her left eye.
"You never imagine that it can happen to you."
In Colombia, indigenous groups continue to be targets in the 45-year conflict. Testimonies from displaced Embera women tell of physical abuse and rape.
Every glance at a mirror transports Consuelo Cordoba to the moment when her boyfriend doused her with a skin-searing acid that obliterated her face, leaving her with gruesome wounds that will never heal.
Ana Angelica Bello, 45, was coming out of the Ministry of Justice in 2009 when two men bundled her into a car, put a gun against her head and sexually assaulted her. They told her she was being punished for her work as an activist for the nation's displaced population.
A law obliging Colombian authorities to investigate reports of domestic violence and alimony evasion will be presented in the Senate, local media reported Tuesday.
Under the new law, once a party has filed a domestic violence report he or she will not be able to withdraw it or reconcile the case outside of the law.
Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
Brigitte Carreño was only 12 when a warlord whose anti-guerrilla fighters had occupied this hamlet decided to make her his own.
So one night, he lured the tiny, effervescent schoolgirl to the dark and dank headquarters he used to plan operations against Marxist rebels.
And then he raped her.
January was spent in the lovely land of Colombia.