BOGOTA (Reuters) – The wedding was traditional – a white dress for the bride, a suit for the groom and a large entourage of around 240 guests.
But the circumstances were anything but.
Maria Cecilia Osorio and Alfonso Ardila met just a month ago, in a shelter for people made homeless during Colombia’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
Osorio, 39, does missionary work and found herself without money to pay rent when the quarantine began in March. She accepted a spot at a shelter in Manizales, in Colombia’s coffee region.
Ardila, 72, works in construction and, like many informal laborers in the Andean country, saw his work dry up. Unable to pay rent and suffering the after-effects of a head injury he got at work, he too sought refuge at the shelter.
“I came to this place where nobody looked at me or greeted me but here I found someone who loved me and worried about me,” he told Reuters, adding that hourly seizures caused by his injury had stopped since he met Osorio.
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