by Patricia McCormick
“To research SOLD, I traveled to India and Nepal, where I interviewed the women of Calcutta’s red-light district and girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. …..In the past few years, the trafficking of children has gotten a good deal of media attention. But eight years ago, when I had a chance meeting with a photographer who was working undercover to document the presence of young girls in brothels overseas, I knew immediately that I wanted to do what no one else had done so far: tell this heartbreaking story from the point of view of one individual girl. I spent a month in India and Nepal tracing Lakshmi’s steps—going from a poor, isolated village in the foothills of the Himalayas all the way to the teeming red-light district of Calcutta.”
As Eli Weisel said, “Let us remember: what hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.”
a long way gone (2014)
by Ishmael Beah
"We ran for the nearest gutter and dove in.The chopper swept down to the street level.As soon as it was about twenty-five-meters from the protesters,it spun around and faced them sideways. A soldier sitting in the open side opened fire with a machine gun,mowing down the crowd.People ran for their lives.The street that a minute before had been filled with banners and noise was now a silent graveyard full of restless souls." fighting to reconcile their sudden deaths."
THE DAUGHTERS OF JUAREZ (2014)
by Teresa Rodriguez.
"One belonged to a fourteen-year-old girl,who was later identified as Isela Tena Quintanila.Police noted that the child's hands had been bound together with a rope that was knotted in the exact fashion as one found on an earlier victim, a seventeen year old student and maquila worker named Elizabeth Castro. Castro had disappeared on ger way home from her factory job that past August. Her mutilated remains bwere found four days later in Lote Bravo, not far from the corpses of the other dead girls."
I am Malala (2014)
by Malala Yousafzai
“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”
These books moved me to paint.
So I painted.
The important words which were the catalysts for me to create this body of art, are the titles of my pictures.