A Way of Being Free
Herminsul was a 15 year old boy who lived in Boyaca. His family lived on a farm with sugarcane fields and he went to school. His family was forced off their farm and moved to the city of Bogota. His family and himself moved in with his uncle until the could buy a small plot to build on. He continues to go to school and gets a job. He had a father, mother, and four siblings. When they needed to be punished they would be hit by the father. When he was ten he would sell peas each day on the streets of the market, and he continued to do this as work. The neighborhod he lived in was dangerous. Many people were beaten and sometimes even killed if they did as much as steal something or sell on the streets.
When Herminsul sold peas men called "vultures" would beat him and steal his money and merchandise. They did this because the pea sellers would take away fromt the marketers customers. Eventually, Herminsul decided to sell his peas at Plaza de Flores because he couldn't afford to lose anything else. Vultures also would beat others almost to the point of death. These events help influence him to participate in fighting for rights, especially children's rights. No one has ever verbally threatened Herminsul, but he has been robbed by the vultures which showed they didn't want him to be there.
A Right to Fight
If I had an Interview...
Herminsul sold peas at the market and eventually at the Plaza de Flores.
Here is a sample picture of what the Colombian market would look like.
In this picture is the outline of Colombia and their flag.
Victoria Grantmeyer, Period 4