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Fear and faith in Colombia

Lutherans aid the displaced and seek policies to end the violence

Yanith Giraldo, a 28-year-old mother of three, was forced from her home by death threats following the murders of her father and brother in Rio Blanco, Colombia. Finding refuge in Ibague, El Tolima, she now works with other internally displaced people through programs supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia.

It's dangerous work, but Giraldo says her faith keeps her going. "For me this is the call of Jesus," she says. "When we really accept the love of God, we can keep going with our work; that love never leaves us. My faith helps me to be positive when all seems lost. My faith gives me hope."


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