Meet Volunteer Anna Hengeveld

annaMy name is Anna and I am working as a volunteer for Sembrandopaz in the month of May. I am from the Netherlands, where I did a Bachelor’s in International Relations and currently I am doing my Master’s in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Utrecht.

During my time with Sembrandopaz I am working on my own research project for my Master’s thesis in the community Macayepo and the High Mountain region. I am studying the capacity of these communities to organize themselves collectively to return to their communities after years of displacement and to demand their rights as victims of the Colombian conflict. Up until now, it has been incredible to see how these small and sometimes very isolated communities gained the capacity to work together, reconcile and peacefully demand their rights with the Colombian government.