In photos: Helena Christensen meets Maribeth

During her visit to Colombia with UNHCR, photographer, model and refugee advocate Helena Christensen got to meet Maribeth, who was displaced from her home in the department of Choco when she was 7 years old when armed guards shot and killed her mother and sister. The gallery below includes some of the images Helena shot of Maribeth and her family during their meeting.  

  • Maribeth dances outside her house in Soacha, Colombia. "My spirit is free when I dance and I am in another world".
    Maribeth dances outside her house in Soacha, Colombia. "My spirit is free when I dance and I am in another world". © UNHCR/H. Christensen
  • Helena photographs Maribeth dancing outside her house.
    Helena photographs Maribeth dancing outside her house.  © UNHCR/H. Perez
  • Maribeth and her children at home.
    Maribeth and her children at home. © UNHCR/H. Christensen
  • Maribeth's eight-year-old daughter Marilyn studies in the local school. She also helps her mum cook traditional Choco food.
    Maribeth's eight-year-old daughter Marilyn studies in the local school. She also helps her mum cook traditional Choco food. © UNHCR/H. Christensen
  • "Maribeth sells incredible tasting dishes made with rice, meat and lots of spices, wrapped and steamed in banana leaves," says Helena.
    "Maribeth sells incredible tasting dishes made with rice, meat and lots of spices, wrapped and steamed in banana leaves," says Helena. © UNHCR/H. Christensen
  • Maribeth and the family look at Marilyn's homework with Helena.
    Maribeth and the family look at Marilyn's homework with Helena. © UNHCR/H. Perez