The “Cristinas of Conflict” Keep the Memory of Disappeared Women Alive in Colombia

3 October 2019

A traveling exhibition in Colombia keeps alive the memory of women who were forcibly disappeared in the south of the country during the armed conflict.

Fifteen years ago, a young nurse named Cristina Cobo was forcibly disappeared by members of the paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). Paulina Mahecha, her mother, preserves her memory and that of over 20 other disappeared women from the departments of Meta and Guaviare by creating rag dolls.

The “Cristinas of the Conflict,” as Paulina calls them, are now part of a traveling exhibition that aims to raise awareness in Colombia about what happened in the south of the country. With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the dolls are currently on tour, being exhibited at bookstores and cultural centers in the main cities of Colombia.

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