Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?" —Luke 18:7

Long before the sun rose on a morning in late November of 2005, 13-year-old Laura* shouldered a tub of corn and headed down the street from her house to a mill, where the corn would be ground into meal from which Carolina, her mother, would make tortillas. The mill she usually went to was closed, but Laura knew her mother was depending on her, so she ventured out farther to another mill.

“She was like our mom. She worried about us so much. Our mom left us to go to the States, so she raised us.” This is how 21-year old Amanda* describes her older sister, Yadira. Yadira and Amanda were close, so Yadira was well-aware of the conflict between Amanda and her neighbor, Rosy. Rosy accused Amanda of stealing clothes off her line and gossiping about her. One day, Amanda, with Yadira at her side, decided to confront Rosy and things quickly got ugly. The two started fighting and Amanda scratched Rosy hard enough to draw blood.

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