When Aura Hinestroza talks about her life, she divides it in two chapters: “The Aura who was happy, and the Aura who came after,” Hinestroza said. Eighteen years ago, Hinestroza was working as a journalist in Chocó, a western region in Colombia. She got a tip about the FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, fighting in the area. But when she went to track the story down, it was a trap. She said she was raped, beaten and left for dead. And she said it was because she's a lesbian. After decades of civil war, Colombia is trying to build peace between civilians and former guerilla fighters known as FARC. As of 2017, the Colombian government has paid out about $3 million as reparations to 730,000 victims. That's out of about 8.6 million people who have registered as victims, so there is a large backlog of cases. But activists say one group is being overlooked: members of the LGBT community.
February 26 / Kera News