By Juliana Tafur, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – The year was 2005. The starting point was Pereira, Colombia and the final destination, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was the journey of a lifetime, of twelve hours of land travel from the country she loved into a vast unknown.

“It was like an exodus," recalls the brave Colombian woman named Monica who risked it all to reach a safe and stable country four years ago.

In the first of a series of three interviews with international refugees living in Rio, Monica spoke to The Gringo Times about making a new life . . .

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