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The City of Women

The City of Women

When fighting in Colombia forced Everlides Almanza to abandon her farm, she ended up in a slum near the coastal city of Cartagena where with only some plastic tarpaulin to shelter her, she longed for a new home.

She dreamed of a brick building with a sturdy roof and a tiled porch - she just never expected to be the one to build it.

After arriving in the slum in 1992, Almanza and dozens of other destitute families who had also been uprooted by the conflict met human rights lawyer Patricia Guerrero, who helped organise them into a group.

The League of Displaced Women - many of them single mothers and war widows - went on to build a new neighbourhood of 102 houses on the once barren bushland in Turbaco, a municipality near Cartagena.

It became known as the City of Women.

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