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This Gentle Baker Fought to End Corruption and Voter Intimidation

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Kachig, Survivor from Armenia Kachig is known around the office at PTV, not only for his gentle kindness, but also because every Monday, he brings in a new delicious dessert for everyone to try. Back in his home country of Armenia, he was not only a successful and creative baker, but he was also an activist who courageously stood up to political corruption. He fought for the freedom of assembly and the right to vote for whomever you choose, a pinnacle of American democracy, of which he deeply desired to have instilled in his own country. Violence and coercion at polling stations have...

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Forced to be a Soldier in This Military Dictatorship Was an “Existence in Hell”

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Featured, Newsletters

Meet Berihun, Survivor from Eritrea Berihun describes his daily life as a “quest for survival”. Eritrea is a country in East Africa where the enjoyment of rights and freedoms are severely curtailed. Chaos has replaced rule of law. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council published a report accusing Eritrea’s government of extrajudicial executions, torture, indefinitely prolonged national service and forced labor, and indicated that sexual harassment, rape and sexual servitude by state officials is widespread. Military service is mandatory and when Berihun completed high...

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This Teacher Wanted to Make Sure No Girl Endured What She Did

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Events, Featured

Meet Karimeh, Survivor from West Africa She wanted to make sure that what happened to her as a child would never happen to another girl in Benin, her West African country. “I was restrained by a group of men and women who held me down by force on a mat on the ground. I saw an old woman kneeling at the edge of the mat with a knife…and I just remember screaming, crying and struggling to be let free. It was so painful. I believed I was going to die….” At just 10 years old, Karimeh was the victim of female genital mutilation or FGM. She belonged to a tribe that practiced this horrible...

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Young Physician Jailed for Reporting 30 Cases of Rape

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Featured

  Meet Mukadi, Torture Survivor from the DRC Dr. Mukadi Papy was a first-year physician at a clinic in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), when he discovered at least 30 cases of women who had all been raped and brutalized by DRC soldiers. All these women sought treatment for pelvic pain and displayed similar symptoms, and when he spoke to them about their medical history he learned about the sexual violence. Against the advice of fellow physicians and hospital colleagues who advised the young physician not to risk his new position at the hospital, Dr. Papy collected...

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She Fell Victim To A Common Custom In Her Country: Bride-Kidnapping

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Ayana, Gender Violence Survivor From Kyrgyzstan Ayana was determined not to become one of 40% of ethnic Kyrgyz women married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. In some towns and villages, when a Kyrgyz man decides to marry, he often violently abducts the woman he has chosen. Anaya was a high school student who attended boarding school outside of her home town. She returned for the holidays and fell victim to a common custom in her country, namely the kidnapping of women who are then forced to marry. “Kyrgyzstan woman have no right to protest, they have no...

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22 Year-Old Engineering Student Was Abducted By The Belarus Secret Police

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Sergei, Torture Survivor from Belarus Sergei’s mother received a phone call after her son visited the prosecutor’s office in Minsk to file a complaint outlining his detention and torture by the Belarus secret police. The anonymous caller told her that her son would die unless he withdrew his complaint. You see, just a month earlier, Sergei, a bright 22 year-old engineering student was abducted by the Belarus secret police at a peaceful rally to protest tyranny and corruption in his country. He helped organize a social media campaign that gathered more than 2000 people in the...

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