During the half century of armed conflict between the government and guerrilla fighters, many members of Colombia’s LGBT community were victims of violence and sexual assault. Now the government is dragging its feet on their demands for reparations. When Aura Hinestroza talks about her life, she divides it into two distinct chapters: Who she was before she was raped, and who she is now.
The incident happened in 2000, when Hinestroza was 34 and working as a journalist in Quibdó, the capital of the rural department of Chocó, Colombia. She got a lead about a group of rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the area and her source said he could bring her to them. When she got there, the guerrilla fighters raped her and left her for dead. “I couldn’t sleep because when I slept, I would enter into that scene again. Every time I close my eyes I’m there … I wake up screaming.”
November 27 / News Deeply