This baby girl, Diana, is named after the IRC nurse who visited her mother Cibel during her pregnancy.
But the journey to a better life hasn’t been an easy one. Cibel remembers the seven days she and her husband walked with Diana’s older brother, then 2-month-old baby Matias, from Venezuela to Colombia. “We suffered through rain, sun, everything.”
That was 18 months ago. Today Cibel and her children are doing well, although the quest for a better life has taken a toll on the family. When Venezuela’s economy collapsed, the family had also made the difficult decision to leave their eldest son at home with his grandmother so that he might continue his schooling. And when Cibel became pregnant again, this time with Diana, her husband abandoned her.
Going back to Venezuela was out of the question—the situation there was getting worse every day—but starting over in Colombia was proving difficult.
Then a friend suggested that Cibel contact the International Rescue Committee. After support from IRC, Cibel is now living with her three children in Colombia.
“Thanks to the IRC, I am able to be with my three children,” she told us. “Now the family is all together.”