Voters in Colombia are heading to the polls to elect new legislators.

And one of the 2,500 candidates for congress is Francisco Javier Lozano Neiva - who belongs to a party called "PAIS" - composed mostly of social leaders and indigenous groups. 

He had to flee his home in 2005 after paramilitaries attacked his town, committing a massacre of civilians.

And now the experience is pushing Neiva to try to stop the cycle of violence and political corruption in Colombia.

This is his story, in his own words. 

Source: Al Jazeera