For years Angélica Bello, a human rights defender from Colombia, rarely spent a day alone – that would have been, simply, too dangerous.
A number of threats against her because of her job helping the many survivors of sexual violence – women caught up in Colombia’s long-running armed conflict - meant that it was too dangerous for the 45-year-old mother of four to travel alone.
In 2000, two of her daughters were kidnapped and kept as sexual slaves by paramilitaries, and were only released after Angélica personally intervened.
In November 2009, she herself became the victim of sexual abuse, allegedly committed by paramilitaries in retaliation for her human rights work.
The attack followed a string of threats she had been receiving. These threats and attacks forced her to move within the country several times.
By early 2010, the wave of threats and attacks against Angélica was so worrying that she requested protection measures from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, a regional human rights institution.