Nine Lives: Making the Impossible Possible by Peter Braaksma

By Peter Braaksma

"You can reduce the flower, yet you can't cease the arrival of spring." Malalai Joya, the younger member of the Afghan parliament, refuses to permit injustice cross unchallenged. Her phrases replicate the irrepressible attitudes and activities of the entire men and women who inform their tales the following. as with every the titles in New Internationalist's global altering imprint, 9 Lives sees chance in the course of adversity and offers the existence tales of people that were faced with probably insurmountable stumbling blocks, competition, and oppression. if it is human rights activist Harry Wu, who spent nineteen years in chinese language hard work camps, or Nobel Laureate and President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias Sánchez, all of the 9 voices during this assortment has faced an pressing and inescapable have to dig deep, both to rescue themselves or to forge a clean future of others. to appreciate the foremost tales at the back of the headlines, Peter Braaksma believes that it's necessary to think the private, intimate event of individuals engaged on the frontline of human rights and humanitarian matters; that the tales, uninterrupted and unpolished, needs to converse for themselves. examining like 9 mini-novels, the 9 impressive tales belong to Bassam Aramin (Palestinian nationwide 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). Peter Braaksma has labored as an editor, communications consultant, and journalist within the Netherlands and the uk.

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When we don’t talk,’ he 56 The Closest Thing to the Heart said, ‘we can only eliminate each other. ’ He began to accept the idea of having two states in which we could live side by side and accept each other. It was a big success for me that I had been able to change his mind by nothing other than dialogue. At the same time, his colleagues still had the same reaction, continuing the same cycle of violence, bloodshed and conflict. But it made a point in my mind that was worthwhile to remember. Next, I started to talk with some more extremist officers.

The next day we went to the ruins of Kubeiba, an Arab village that was destroyed in 1948. When we were standing there, the father of one of the Palestinians told the story of how the people there had been defeated and how in some cases women had been raped. One person who was listening said: ‘This cannot be true! ’ This man really believed that it hadn’t happened. ’ But he was ignoring the fact that the Palestinians were ashamed of such a thing, so they would not have recorded ‘evidence’ about that.

I became active in the Fatah movement and attended some of their meetings. But in this period of time, before the Second Intifada, I became convinced that we would never succeed with armed struggle, because it would only continue the same cycle of violence. When I was still in jail I believed in the armed struggle, but after I was released I only wanted to speak about peaceful solutions. Naturally, it is very difficult to sit down and speak with your enemy. But you have to make that choice if you don’t want to go around wanting to kill all Israelis and all Zionist people.

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