Doris Berrio founder of the "League of Displaced Women", a
group of women denouncing human rights violations and supporting
UNHCR / B. Heger / February 2011
"Losing a child breaks your life in pieces."
Doris Berrio was forced to flee her home village in the region of Uraba in Colombia in 1997. Her husband received death threats from armed groups who had moved into the area. She escaped with her two young sons to the city of Cartagena, where she later helped establish an organization known as the League of Displaced Women, which provides housing and other forms of support to women displaced by violence and conflict. The organization received funding from UNHCR. "I think we were able to achieve this because of the strengths that women have," says Berrio. That work also made her and her family the target of threats from armed groups. In 2009, her youngest son was murdered after he returned to Cartagena to check on the family home. Doris Berrio continues to work on behalf of displaced women in her home country.
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