2019-Julia

Julia

Nominated by Fundacion Corazones Valientes 

All 2019 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees

Julia was kidnapped when she was 8 years old. She was in captivity for 11 days. They tied her to a tree and left her alone without water or food for the first 3 days; then, they moved her to a deeper place in a forest in a remote ravine and left her tied to her feet and hands (crucified) for several more days. Julia was found by the UNASE (Anti Kidnapping Unit Ecuador) after an arduous search that involved government agencies, civil society and police. She is a defender of the rights of children to live safely, receive an education, have access to food, and remain with their parents. Her aim is to help children and adolescents who have suffered difficulties to have the possibility of recovering from post-traumatic stress or emotional deprivation, so that they can lead a healthy adult life. She became a reference for other young people and adults.