Salt In The Wound
The brutal killing of a seven-year-old indigenous girl has horrified Colombia and sparkled protests against violence in the streets of Bogotá. The rape and killing of the little girl has highlighted deep class divides that still remain in the Latin American country.
On the morning of December 4th, Yuliana Andrea Samboní was playing with a cousin outside her home in a poor neighbourhood of Bogotá when a man in a grey SUV snatched her from the street and sped away. Her body was found 10 hours later, raped, tortured and strangled, at a nearby luxury penthouse.
The main suspect, Rafael Uribe Noguera, is from a wealthy family and attended one of Bogotá’s most exclusive schools. Yuliana's familiy moved to the capital four years ago from southern Cauca province, which is rife with violence linked to Colombia’s ongoing civil conflict.
“I demand, as Colombians demand, the most prompt and severe justice that falls on the person responsible for this murder,” said the president, Juan Manuel Santos, who received the Peace Nobel prize on Saturday for his efforts to end the war with Farc rebels in a peace deal.
The crime has sparked nationwide calls for harsher penalties for child rapists in a country where as many as 40 children are sexually abused every day, according to official statistics.
As reported in The Guardian.