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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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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet The Kato’s, Survivors From Uganda My name is Paul Kyambadde Kato. My wife and I are Ugandan and a teachers by profession. I grew up in an era of war, from the infamous Idi Amin regime to the current regime. Over the years millions of people in Uganda have been hurt, tortured, and killed by the government, and today innocent civilians are still being killed and tortured. My wife Harriet and I ran a school and orphanage. We built it together. We taught 400 students together. We had to leave them behind. I cannot forget the children I used to help, and I think always of the...

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After Her Incarceration and Rape, She Fled For Her Safety

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Tasha, LGBT Survivor from Russia The local Russian police followed her everywhere she went. Not to protect her from further violence, but to intimidate and silence her. Tasha knew she was different by age 16 but kept it hidden like most gay and lesbian individuals in Russia. When she was 22, emboldened by the gay rights movement she saw on the internet, she helped organize a gay rights group in her hometown of Dubna, about 2 hours north of Moscow. But in 2013, Russia enacted new anti-gay laws criminalizing gay rights organizing or publishing of written material supporting gay...

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