Episode 11 - Hilde (Venezuela)
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Hilde lost everything within 48 hours. It was like the American movies she saw on television as a kid, playing out in real life with plot twists waiting around every corner.

Hilde is German and Venezuelan, her mother German, and her father, Venezuelan. She grew up in a German colony in Venezuela with her parents and two little sisters. She seemed to have everything, a family maid, a personal chauffeur, and a father who had a prestigious career, but one day everything seemed to change instantly. Her family was given 48 hours to flee their home country because they were facing imminent danger with the Venezuelan government. She remembers arriving in the U.S. for the first time and seeing the American flag welcoming her family, but it wasn’t under the circumstances she was hoping for.

Hilde is a domestic violence survivor, a mother, and an advocate for victims of crime. She shares her journey of pain and resilience. In navigating a world where she felt like she lost everything at times, she still found the strength and courage to persevere. 

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