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Arrebato. Lo Que Es Mio.

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The young women stand like an army, each declaring “I am taking back what was stolen…”


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Arrebato. Lo Que Es Mio.

Arrebato

It’s Wednesday, and the afternoon sky looks like cotton candy against crystal blue.

Soccer teams blur the fields in practice as workers stoop over land nearby to harvest greens and purples and golds.

And far above it all, on a hill overlooking volcanoes and cobblestone, there is singing.

Arrebato. Repossess.

The young women stand like an army, each declaring “I am taking back what was stolen…”

And by their side stands Lilly.

She looks at each of them and remembers the day in 2012 when she rescued three infants.

She had gone to rescue one – a little boy named Diego who had been found in a septic tank. When she arrived, she was asked if she would take two more.

One, a little girl named Dulce, had been found in a hotel, wrapped in toilet paper and placed in a trashcan.

The other, a little boy named Armando, was found outside in a sack covered with leaves and rocks.

As she held all three infants, she wept. In each infant’s face, she saw the reflection of a young mom, terrified and desperate.

A Reason to Sing

Image by Ronne Rock

A Reason to Sing

It’s Wednesday, and the young women sing.

The youngest, just 13, watches her four-month old son as he sleeps.

She was a slave when they found her, when they rescued her and brought her to this place.

A 16-year old cradles her toddler with one arm as she raises her hand to the sky. Next to her, a 14-year old closes her eyes and smiles as she proclaims every word.

Little ones play as their moms sing the song they say is their testimony.

Every one was a victim of sexual abuse or trafficking. Rape and incest clawed away innocence.

Childbirth left scars on bodies too young to understand. The stories on the pages were smeared with darkness.

Redemption

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Redemption

But those stories are being redeemed.

“I believe God brought me to this place so He could bring me home to His love.”

“I believe God brought me to this place so He could bring me home to His love.”

“I am learning to forgive my abuser. I am being set free.”

“I have hope.”

In this place called Hope & Future, the girls are singing.

Arrebato is their battle cry. Repossess.

A new girl sits quietly and listens, her eyes filled with tears. She is seven months pregnant and a stranger to a place like this.

Arrebato

Sometimes safety can feel so unsure. She wants to believe.

It’s Wednesday, and today the young women sing for her.

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