Learning to Appreciate Moldy Bread

December 1, 2011

Though rates have dropped in recent years, Colombia was once know as the kidnapping capital of the world. The practice — perpetrated mostly guerilla and paramilitary groups, often because they needed the ransom money to buy weapons — was so common that radio stations broadcast call-in shows during which relatives could send messages to their loved ones in captivity.

This is how Consuelo Gonz├ílez de Perdomo, a Colombian congresswoman who was kidnapped on Sept. 10, 2001, learned of the death of her husband and the birth of her first grandchild. Here’s her story, as told by Colombian-born animator Juana Medina.


  1. Alejandro says:

    The illustrations are beautiful, but better content! Congratulations Juana!

  2. Nancy Benner says:

    Please remove your posts from my FaceBook, trying to simplify. Thanks

  3. Howard says:

    The simple elegance of the images bolster what could be a difficult tale. Thank you for sharing your talent and thanks to Hilary Price for bringing this to us!

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