Life of Beto
A 16 year old kid from Colombia
Beto is 16 years old and lives in Colombia. He specifically lives in the poor community of La Libertad, in the city of Medellin. Beto has a rough family life. His mother is an alcoholic, and his father abandonned the family. His older brother Fredy died from drug addiction, and his sister Milena and himself are mistreaded by their elders. Also, their mother brought in a crazy boy off the streets, named German, who brutally beats the children.
In La Libertad, where Beto lives, it is very poor and dangerous. Everywhere he goes, there is crime and many ruthless gangs. People are lucky to have very little possesions in this city. Everywhere he looks there are people living homelessly in the streets begging for there next meal. Beto's everyday life is influenced by having no supportive family and an alcoholic mother. He learned a lot from these painful experiences. They have encouraged him to help kids in similar situations.
Life for Beto is hard because of all the threats he has in his life. His mother and brother beat him at unexpected times for no reason. Plus, they are threatened by the local gangs that have no feelings towards the harmless people in the community. Beto decided to fight for peace because he wanted to make a difference for kids who had been abused of their rights. He peacefully fought for the rights of children.
These are the kind of people that Beto is trying to help.
This is a poor community just like Beto's.
Beto was brutally beaten by his peers and family.