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Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel
April 03, 2020 Comments.. 934
Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel Alice Walker In 2006, Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali Invited by Code Pink, an antiwar group working to end the Iraq War, Walker traveled to Palestine Israel three years later to view the devastation on the Gaza Strip Here is her testimony.Bearing witness to the depravityIn 2006, Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali Invited by Code Pink, an antiwar group working to end the Iraq War, Walker traveled to Palestine Israel three years later to view the devastation on the Gaza Strip Here is her testimony.Bearing witness to the depravity and cruelty, she presents the stories of the individuals who crossed her path and shared their tales of suffering and courage Part of what has happened to human beings over the last century, she believes, is that we have been rendered speechless by unusually barbaric behavior that devalues human life We have no words to describe what we witness Self imposed silence has slowed our response to the plight of those who most need us, often women and children, but also men of conscience who resist evil but are outnumbered by those around them who have fallen victim to a belief in weapons, male or ethnic dominance, and greed.. Overcoming Speechlessness A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda Eastern Congo and Palestine Israel In Alice Walker working with Women for Women International visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali Invited by Code Pink an antiwar group workin
  • Title: Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel
  • Author: Alice Walker
  • ISBN: 9781583229170
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Diane S ☔ says:

      Reading this book showed me how much I do not know about our world and its people Appalling as the atrocities committed in this book and witnessed by Walker, is also the fact that our government and our news stations filter out and slants everything we are told A hard read but a must read for anyone with a conscience Yet, even after reading this I am not sure what I individually could do to change anything Governments have gotten so large and out of hand that they basically do what they want wit [...]

    2. Mara says:

      L incipit e una citazione di Buddha tre cose non si possono nascondere il sole, la luna e la verit Questo brevissimo e potentissimo saggio e una testimonianza di situazioni indicibili accadute in Ruanda, in Congo e nella striscia di Gaza Non e facile leggerlo, perche significa prendere atto che gli orrori descritti sono realmente accaduti, ma Sebbene l orrore di cui siamo testimoni in luoghi come il Ruanda, il Congo, la Birmania e Palestina Israele minacci la nostra stessa capacit di parlare, no [...]

    3. Sadie says:

      It s hard to even know how to write about Alice Walker s testimony as she encountered the horrors around the globe Heartbreaking, illuminating, a call to action, despite having no words to describe the deep travesties that continue to exist in our world we must find a way to speak out for change and for justice So many moving passages in this work among some of my favorite What has happened to humanity More tears of resolve followed Because whatever has happened to humanity, whatever is currentl [...]

    4. Tessa in Mid-Michigan says:

      Not worth the little bit of paper I was interested to read about Rwanda, especially, but there s hardly anything here No poetry, not much fact Mostly just a few incidents without follow up or even much clarity or understanding of what she is seeing The author takes her opinions and applies them without any attempt to get facts She might be right, but it would be totally accidental Don t waste time on this.

    5. Emily says:

      This book is so important for anyone who cares about humans Walker s descriptions of her experiences in post genocide Rwanda, and the Gaza strip are knee jerk and in the moment, showing a world that so many of us won t ever take the opportunity to see This is a difficult read because of the horrors that have happened in these areas and Walker s willingness to explore them candidly This is not an in depth look at the history of these areas or an explanation of why it happened, but simply one woma [...]

    6. Randall Wallace says:

      Deeply felt little gem of a book wherein Alice journeys to Gaza and Africa to bear witness and tells us of her thoughts She asks deep questions pointing out the random borders created historically by Britain with India and Pakistan, or Iraq and it s neighbors or creating Israel We force people to live with arbitrary boundaries, force them to live with people they don t want to live with and then they are all fed the lie that it s somehow the other s fault Her tale of Israel s theft of Palestine, [...]

    7. Zora says:

      Spoiler Alert, this review has content from the book, so don t read this if you haven t read the book yet.Alice Walker s experiences between the Congo, Rwanda, and Palestine are well expressed in this little book She writes of how human greed that occurs in each place just don t affect their inhabitants but the world, since we are all one people She brilliantly explains who history repeats itself like the German Holocaust, Rwandan Genocide, and the Black struggles of African American She writes [...]

    8. Magdelanye says:

      is not one to rest on her laurels nor let her poetry stand between her and the world, with which she is actively engaged Not so gentle warrior, she gives account here of two journeys that she made into post war zones, one to Rwanda and the eastern Congo in 2006, and to Gaza on 2009 Not poems, but a brave move to give speech about the unspeakable p12.Regardless whether I agree with her or not,her dignity and compassion make dialogue possible Greed and brutality are not limited to any segment of h [...]

    9. Abbey says:

      Wow Clocking in at only 72 pages, I set out to read this book slowly and deliberately but became so enraptured in the poetry of the language, the graphic nature of the stories, the courage and bravery of truth that I devoured it in one, quick sitting This is the sort of book that should be required reading for all humans, and especially the privileged kind I m looking at you, USA Walker floats so seamlessly between the trauma and horrors of from personal accounts in Rwanda, Congo, Palestine Isra [...]

    10. Lesley says:

      Short little book really just a long article I enjoy her insights and her use of language to share her experience The title is misleading, though There are only a few pages about Rwanda and Congo, and don t feel like she really conveyed overcoming speechlessness The book is mainly a recounting of a trip she made to Gaza with Code Pink I think it s important to add a poet s voice to the chorus of opinions about Israel and Palestine I craved I went to Israel last year and came home well, mostly s [...]

    11. Philip says:

      With the poet s ability to express the inexpressible Walker creates an emotional treatise on experience, tackling the subject of genocide and how, without peace without ending brutal oppression and conflict, the whole planet stands to suffer our humanity, our sanity and our environment she does this all, not in poems, but in prose Brutal from start to finish, however, entirely required reading in times like these.I recommend picking it up at your favorite local independent bookstore I found this [...]

    12. AJ says:

      Disclaimer I won a copy of this book through Library Thing s Early Reviewers program 3.5 stars Overcoming Speechlessness is a series of short vignettes focusing on Alice Walker s experiences in Rwanda, Congo and the Gaza Strip She draws on parallels between the current struggles for freedom and the civil rights movement that she was a part of in the 1960s Ultimately, this book is neither depressing nor upbeat, but just is, leaving the reader to dwell on the current sad state of affairs.

    13. Karen says:

      A long form essay, about Walker s travels to Rwanda, eastern Congo, and Palestine Israel Walker feels it s her responsibility as a writer to witness and report these atrocities, calling attention to them Her evocative and simply told stories, reactions, and observations are gut wrenching Readers will not quickly forget the image of a mother s flesh being hacked from her, fried in a pan, and offered to her child by soldiers It is not an easy read, but it s even harder to put down.

    14. Michael-Ann Cerniglia says:

      I would give this 3.5 stars if I could It was a little stream of consciousness and a bit less poetic than I anticipated I also hoped for witness account than introspective reflection, which was interesting but affirming than informative What I did like was how Walker wove various narratives together, particularly contemporary conflicts with the story of the American civil rights movement not highlighted on the book jacket.

    15. Cindy says:

      This short book is about Alice Walker s trips to Rwanda, Congo, and Israel and includes her thoughts on humanity s need to unite as one global entity for peace and the environment She talks about how she s struggled to hold in the stories of genocide and murder that women have told her and goes into fairly good detail about the Israel Palestinian conflict It s a gem of a book and just heartbreaking.

    16. Lum Sao Ying says:

      A long form poem Sometimes tragedy is exploited in art as voyeurism or vanity and self indulgence Alice Walker makes you forget these pitfalls exist With deep empathy, Walker threads personal observations into the tragic narratives of people she has encountered This book is a reminder of why we need artists.

    17. Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea says:

      Whizzed through this today Such a good book Alice Walker doing her best and totally winning at connecting different social struggles and resistance, while showing the human capacity to adapt and survive in war torn and horrifying places Joyful, tearful, cutting this book packed a wallop in only a few pages.

    18. Kim says:

      I like the general message of the book, but sometimes I found Walker s tone to be somewhat off putting as she placed blame for these atrocities on seemingly random or innocuous aspects of society That said, it was an interesting read and I appreciated the honesty with which Walker protrayed her own reactions and impressions of what she was seeing in these areas of the world.

    19. Aubrey says:

      An interesting meditation on violence in these countries The book feels almost like a poem not quite prose It felt a little surface, maybe because of the length and the format A good introduction, but I found myself wanting from Alice Walker.

    20. Tom says:

      This was an excellent little eye opening book My only gripe is that I wanted to hear I realize her intention was not to solve the world s problems in 73 pages And yes, it made me think, but I think the subject matter deserved a little detail.

    21. Iris Windmeijer says:

      Overcoming Speechlessness is short and to the point, but it makes me realise that war is just around the corner The war and trauma of war is something that multiple generations face, all in similar ways The book surely is an eye opener.

    22. Calla says:

      Great balance of others stories, her own, and processing atrocities Also includes a recommended list if sources to get the background on modern genocides Our silence will not protect us.

    23. Carrie says:

      This is so good So wonderful after SAY YOU RE ONE OF THEM.

    24. Emily says:

      An interesting, honest, and sympathetic take on the conflict in Gaza as seen through the eyes of one of America s most renowned witnesses to suffering and beauty.

    25. Jill Doub says:

      I mean, it s Alice Walker It s good I read the whole thing in about two hours and felt renewed passion and outrage.

    26. Madeleine says:

      This is actually already up on Alice Walker s blogt sure if it s the full version Looks amazing Need to read NOW.

    27. Heidi says:

      This a very short book actually of a long article It s worth the minimal time and effort it will take to read it.

    28. vani says:

      potent for a book of its size a lesson in precise, sincere, urgent language that i imagine i ll come back to again and again.

    29. Lauren says:

      This is a short read, but very important I hope everyone reads it and overcomes their own speechlessness to talk about the issues raised in the book.

    30. Sharon says:

      small but powerful highly recommend.

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