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Peter Braaksma
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1 Oct 2009
You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring. Malalai Joya, the young member of the Afghan parliament, refuses to let injustice go unchallenged. Her words reflect the irrepressible attitudes and actions of all the women and men who tell their stories here. As with all the titles in New Internationalist's World Changing imprint, Nine Lives sees opportunity in the midst of adversity and presents the life stories of people who have been confronted with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, opposition, and oppression. Whether it is human rights activist Harry Wu, who spent nineteen years in Chinese labor camps, or Nobel Laureate and President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias Sánchez, each of the nine voices in this collection has confronted an urgent and inescapable need to dig deep, either to rescue themselves or to forge a fresh way forward for others. To understand the key stories behind the headlines, Peter Braaksma believes that it is essential to feel the personal, intimate experience of people working on the frontline of human rights and humanitarian issues; that the stories, uninterrupted and unpolished, must speak for themselves. Reading like nine mini-novels, the nine remarkable stories belong to Bassam Aramin (Palestinian National Authority), Monireh Baradaran (Iran), Youk Chhang (Cambodia), Sompop Jantraka (Thailand), Malalai Joya (Afghanistan), Chaeli Mycroft (South Africa), Oscar Arias Sánchez (Costa Rica), and Harry Wu (China).

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Interantionalist (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906523266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906523268
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Braaksma has worked as an editor, communications advisor, and journalist in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 3 Nov 2009
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I found this book an inspirational read, as did my husband on a transatlantic flight ( short chapters-ideal when travelling )
If the world listened to people like these it would be a better place. When you lose hope for humanity, remember these people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 25 Jan 2010
This is a brilliant book and one i'd recommend to anyone and not just those interested in human rights. It captures nine autobiographical stories of people who have made a difference in the World. This group of people are very diverse ranging from a teenager with a disability to a survivor of the Khmer Rouge. What also makes this book fascinating is the author's insertion of a brief overview at the beginning of each story to set the scene (such as the political and potted history of the Afghan situation) I liked this book so much i bought it for 6 friends for Xmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book about the power of humanity 2 Jun 2012
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Every chapter is a story of immense achievements reached by simple people. They all share the simple gift of listening to the humanity hidden in our shells. They transform compassion in the courage to stand out for cause and fighting for human rights.
Every chapter is a real personal story of doubts, struggle, fights, tortures, courage, compassion and more...
This isn't only a book about human rights but also about the power of humanity.

This is one of the most important and inspiring book I ever red in my life.
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