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Like so many Indigenous people in Colombia, Luis Fernando Arias suffered acutely from the armed conflict that tore his nation apart for decades. Paramilitary fighters in 2001 rolled into his community and killed his grandfather. Three years later they killed an uncle of his and threatened his father, forcing his family to flee to the capital, Bogotá.

“He had to live with all the pain of the Indigenous people in the country,” his father, Jaime Arias, said in an interview. “But he wasn’t scared. It gave him strength to fight. It was from that moment he wanted to fight for the rights of his people.”

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