Giving Compass’ Take:
• Children across the globe deserve to have school be a safe environment. Recent global discussions are being made more impactful by putting students who have experienced violence or bullying at the forefront to tell their stories.
• How can organizations and philanthropies make a bigger effort to ensure students safety and the security of our global education?
Laura Ulloa was 11 years old when she was kidnapped on the way to school in Colombia.
“I was taken out of the school bus where there were 50 kids, but I was the only one taken away,” she told a room of young people from around the World in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday. “I was held hostage by the FARC — a terrorist group in Colombia — for seven months in the Colombian jungle. My life changed completely.”
“Back then I thought I was going to arrive home to have lunch with my mother, do some homework,” she said. “Sadly, they thought that because my parents had a good business it was my fault that a lot of people in Colombia were suffering.”
“I had no idea what was happening,” she added.
For the first two months, Ulloa was isolated, refusing to talk to her captors. But it was because she changed her mind that she survived.
Read the full article about students safety around the world by James Hitchings-Hales at Global Citizen
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