Image: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images
Image: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Audrey Hepburn once said, “The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.” Few words could ring so true for Miguel Restrepo and his wife Maria Garcia, a senior couple from Colombia. Their story is one of survival against the odds – a triumph of love over adversity.

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Image: david peña

Miguel and Maria are in their 60s. Their story began more than two decades ago on the mean streets of Medellín, Colombia’s second city. It was a turbulent time in the nation’s history. Pablo Escobar, the notorious drug lord, held sway over the land.

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Image: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images
Image: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

It was a time of menace, violence and fear. Tens of thousands were murdered each year as Escobar battled the Colombian state for dominance. Like many, Miguel and Maria were caught up in the periphery of the chaos. Darkness enshrouded their lives in the form of drug addiction.

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