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Picturing yesterday, today and tomorrow

Colombia, May 1, 2012

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    Yesterday: "I was in the armed group." Today: "I'm a fútbol player." Tomorrow: "I will be a great fútbol player and a timely selection for Colombia." Photo: Mercy Corps staff
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    Yesterday: "I felt bad because of the things that I was doing. And I was filled with anger." Today: "I feel a little better because of the change in life, and I am struggling again for my life." Tomorrow: "I want to feel happy to have met my goals and be enjoying life." Photo: Mercy Corps staff
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    Yesterday: "I was in an armed group on the margin of the law. I was a campesino, and I studied very little." Today: "I'm learning things that before I didn't know, studying what I like." Tomorrow: "Be a university graduate, have a good job, be recognized like all the rest, and have my own family." Photo: Mercy Corps staff
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    Yesterday: "I didn’t understand the time, nor the activities, nor how to act in front of society. Nothing made sense. I was in the armed group the FARC in the mountains of Colombia." Today: "I feel good with most activities, learning how to develop different activities with my studies." Tomorrow: "I visualize myself as a man of society. Helping with the construction and inspiring young people to education." Photo: Mercy Corps staff
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    Yesterday: "I was in an inadequate place with arms and I didn't know anything about my life, I didn't have anything secure." Today: "I am in a city studying and I have various options to choose from — studying or negative things. I'm studying automotive mechanics." Tomorrow: "I have a family, I'm a professional in languages — French, Italian, English — and I serve the people, helping them move forward." Photo: Mercy Corps staff

Former child soldiers in Colombia created these drawings as part of our program that helps them reintegrate into society after fighting in illegal armed groups. They were asked by our staff to picture their lives Ayer, Hoy and Mañana — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.