Their experience is typical of that told by thousands of Colombian women and men forced to cross the border to find protection. Their flight marks the beginning of a long and difficult journey to find peace and dignity. Their lack of knowledge about refugee rights reduces the likelihood their applications will be accepted by their host countries.
These men and women continue struggling in their new country, working and trying to rebuild their lives. The risk is that they will exhaust the administrative procedures and be detained, or returned to their country of origin where their safety cannot be guaranteed.
"Yeah, they believe we got afraid and came here after hearing a few gunshots… it's one thing to talk about it and another to have personally experienced such horrible things,” said Ana.
We pray that these families find strength, and that states take the necessary steps to guarantee a more inclusive world, where refugees can live with dignity.
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