Barbadian Indigenous Rights Activist meets Central American author Rigoberta Menchu at the UNPFII 2010

From left to rightAli Elissa, Damon Corrie, Rigoberta Menchu, and Roberto Borrero at the UN

Thanks to President Roberto Borrero I was also able to meet Nobel Peace-Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala at a reception one night at the United Nations, I had read her famous book (I, Rigoberta Menchu) as a youth of the horrors commited on Mayan Amerindians by the Guatemalan Military recounted in graphic detail by Ms. Menchu when she was a child – including watching her own mother gang-raped by soldiers, who then slit her mother’s throat and urinated on her mother’s face as she bled to death. That book reduced me tears over and over again – and I credit it with instiling a determination in me to draw a line in the sand and defend opressed indigenous peoples everywhere on God’s green Earth.

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