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.