Monday, August 3, 2009

Risk to themselves

One mind boggling thing for me has been the fact that a large number of the activists and advocates in this country do this work at GREAT danger to themselves and their families.

Many receive regular death threats, threats of kidnapping and rape and torture, Threats that their homes will be burnt down. The gangs have started using grenades and regularly threaten with guns. Many of these human rights defenders have private security that accompanies them all the time. They all work behind locked doors and barred windows. They face unbelievable barriers and obstacles to doing the work. Yet repeatably they make comments like " we must do our work or nothing will change" - or so many women are being murdered and tortured in Guatemala - we must speak out.

Would we be so willing to risk our own lives and the safety of our families and friends to advocate for others?

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