In what has become an incredibly personal project, Catalina has forged close bonds with her subjects, keeping in touch via text messages and hearing about their growing families. During the lengthy civil war and the corresponding ban on female FARC fighters having children, many of the women suffered forced abortions or had to abandon their babies at birth. One woman, Yorladis, told Catalina of the traumas she had suffered on her journey to motherhood.
"She was eight months pregnant, and she told me, 'I really deserve this baby,'" Catalina says, "because this was her first baby but her sixth pregnancy." Out of her five pregnancies during the guerrilla war in the jungle, all had been aborted. She had tried to hide her last pregnancy from senior commanders, and with the help of the commanders of her division, she wore extra-large uniforms whenever senior staff were around. However, one day a commander arrived unexpectedly and, seeing she was pregnant, sent her to the nurse for what was then a late-term abortion at six months.
"They don't tell stories like this as if it is a drama or as though they are victims – that's what is so incredible," says Catalina. "I asked if they were angry with the institution or the commanders, but they say they are still proud to be FARC and knew that falling pregnant was going against the rules, because it was very clear in the beginning – 'If you come here, it's an army and an army has no children.'