February 24, 2018

Introduction and Chapter 1 Quotes

Scars Across Humanity Post 4

Over the next few days I’m offering quotations and brief excerpts from the beginning of each chapter, so you can think about whether it’s a book you might want to read. Today is from the introduction and first chapter

Introduction –

Nov 25 – UN Day for The Elimination of All forms of Violence Against Women. Story of the Mirabal sisters 

There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.           United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On 25 November 1960 in a sugarcane field in the Dominican Republic, three sisters were brutally assassinated. They had been tortured, strangled and clubbed to death. They were three of the four Mirabal sisters who had spent many years highlighting the corruption and injustice of Rafael Trujillo, the infamous Dominican dictator, .. . . . . . . .

mirabal sisters

Chapter One 

A global pandemic

One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time.    Nicole Kidman

‘Reflecting on the vast crowd of Egyptians who gathered in Tahrir Square in 2011, Mark LeVine suggested: What made Tahrir truly revolutionary . . . was that in the Square you could see, feel, the possibility of a new Egypt, a different Egypt, an Egypt that could fulfill the dreams of the majority of its inhabitants. Young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Copt, metalhead and Sufi, everyone radiated ‘silmiyya’ – peacefulness – even as they screamed at the top of their lungs . . .

Two years later, on the second anniversary, the mood of the crowd in Tahrir Square was very different. . . . .

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