Sara always wanted to be a mother. However, one afternoon while she was hand-washing clothes to earn money for her school fees, she suffered an accident that caused an obstetric emergency and left her unconscious, causing her to lose her pregnancy. She was only 18 years old.
She woke up in the emergency room, without news of her daughter’s health, and deprived of her liberty. She was unfairly prosecuted and convicted of aggravated homicide and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison in a trial that lacked all procedural guarantees.
In prison, separated from her family, she had to abandon her dreams of creating a better life for herself, starting a family, and completing a degree in nursing. Yet, she never gave up the hope of being free again.
“It was something very difficult because I realized so many things being a prisoner. All of my dreams were stolen from me, I wasn’t able to know where my daughter was, and to finish school. I had to be away from my parents and I had never been separated from them, or from my brothers.”
Thanks to the joint work of the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion and other international organizations, Sara regained her freedom in 2022 and is resuming her life with her family.