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Published on Aug 2, 2012
RI met Maritza on a mission to Colombia in August 2012. She had been displaced not once, but four times by paramilitary violence, and shared her story with us.
Many of Colombia's 4 million displaced lost their homes to the country's war on drugs, guerrillas, and paramilitaries. Adding insult to injury, many have struggled to obtain relief through the government's byzantine aid system. But last year, Colombia passed a law to overhaul the bureaucracy, acknowledge the government's failure to protect its citizens, and get aid out more quickly.