A Big Moment for Nadia Murad

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

MONTREAL – ” Mother, mother… There’s too many of you crying. Father, father… there’s too many of you dying. We must find a way to bring some living here today.”

Those are the timeless lyrics from the song “What’s Going On” from one of the greatest artists of all time, The Great Marvin Gaye. These lyrics are sadly still, true in 2018.

When Nadia Murad received her Nobel Prize earlier this week and I saw her sweet, pensive face, this song came to mind. I felt so sad for her and all the Yazidis who were victims in this silent genocide. They lost their mothers, their fathers, their sisters, their brothers, and their world. I wish Nadia’s whole family could have been in Oslo, beaming with pride over their baby girl. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case. However, one the most beautiful things in life, even when life throws you a curveball, friends can become your family. In the audience at the ceremony, Nadia’s friend and attorney, Amal Clooney and her fiancé were there.

Nadia is fighting pretty hard with the help of Amal and many more to bring ISIS to justice. In the meantime, victims all around the world are living in fear because of the acts of hate and violence against their families and friends who are no longer with us.

The fact that in 2018 we are still saying, even singing, “What’s Going On”, it’s pretty alarming.

When women are still sexually assaulted and beaten to death in 2018, What’s Going On?

When fathers, brothers, uncles, friends have been killed because they wanted to protect their family in a pacific way, What’s Going On?

When people of different faiths are being killed for pacifically preaching love, What’s Going On?

When journalists are being tortured, blackmailed and killed for writing about these atrocities, What’s Going On?

What’s Going On?

https://www.yazda.org

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Angelina is walking the walk!

I’m in front of my computer screen to write what’s going on right now in my head. I close my eyes and say to myself again in 2017, women, young children and even men are victims of sexual violence around the world and especially in developing countries.

I have finished watching Angelina Jolie’s speech at the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference and I feel a range of emotions such as grief, empathy for the victims and especially frustration when, in 2017, these atrocities still exist. .

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I believe very strongly in the day that we will have a world without wars and without violence. Until when will violence against women continue to go? During Angelina’s speech, she cites a fact that an 18-month-old child has been the victim of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But what the fuck 18 months… This is just so awful.

At that moment, I started to cry. She asked audience members to imagine that on their streets, trucks with armed men are invading their homes and they are attacking all women and girls in their homes in front of their family members and that As a result, the government of this country asks them to act as if nothing had happened.

It emphasizes that these acts destroy a life and a family. It was not a speech with words in the air. On the contrary, it was a speech of the most touching, most difficult to listen in the sense that it is not a fictional story but the reality. All of this, coming from a brave woman and determined to contribute to bring some peace in this world.

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There were no fanfares, no trumpets, but powerful words that drew her sheets of paper. A messenger ready to continue fighting the good fight. She is one of the voices of optimism in this world so gray. She does not waste her time talking about cosmetics, diets and the next party she will be attending. Rather, sometimes with her children, she puts on her backpack and goes to meet these victims to better understand, to cry with them and to bring them a small ray of sunshine while working very hard with different organizations to they find a better quality of life.

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Actress Angelina Jolie, special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks during the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries and international organizations will gather at the upcoming Defence Ministerial to discuss improvements to UN peacekeeping operations and focus on securing new pledges from Member States. Photographer: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In recent weeks with all the scandals happening in the artistic and political world regarding sexual violence sexual harassment against women and even towards men, people are paying more attention.

But it should not take a scandal in the art world to talk about it. Women and girls, for example Nadia Murad, there are thousands. I hope we will pay more attention to those victims who do not have the social media to talk or make noise.

I hope we will support them and make noise for them. The abuse of power is a monster and even I would write that it’s a devil. But the power to do good to one’s neighbor with love and tolerance is angelic. Angelina is an angel on this earth and I’m sure she is not the only one.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets displaced Iraqis who are members of the minority Christian community, living in an abandoned school in Al Qosh

Let’s follow her!

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Malala

I am so happy that in our current century,    we have strong, gentle and pacific nature women that are fighting the good fight.

Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai as receive an honorary Canadian citizenship in front of her father and her mother that were so proud of their strong daughter.

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She was even happy to shake the prime minister hand but really happy.

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Malala like Nadia didn’t ask to be bullied, or to be killed (they didn’t succeed in Malala’s case) or to be treated in the most horrific way that cannot be imagine in our society in the 21st century .

Both of them could have turn into very pessimist people and angry about mankind. Instead, they are showing us how to be courageous, to be strong and to be kind with each other.

Malala just wanted to go to school and get an education. They try to take that beautiful gift away from her.

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Those nasty humans being didn’t succeed . She is now a role model to everyone and she is the one teaching us with her powerful message and her peaceful demeanor.

Her message is pretty simple like Nadia Murad. For Nadia, she want justice and not revenge.

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For Malala, she want education for everyone and not violence.

We can be like those two beautiful women in our everyday life. Even if to share their stories during a lunch break, to speak our mind in a very diplomatic and respectful way to someone that doesn’t the same opinion as us, continue to fight for what is  right.

I’ve never been a political person but I was raised to love and to be kind to everyone and violence and revenge was out of the question the answer.

Malala, thank you to show us that we can still fight the good fight with a really good attitude.

Beautiful Malala

It’s a long road but we will get there all together.

https://www.malala.org

 

What a week! Quelle semaine!

This is on The Chronicle was a crazy week like we like it.

We started the week with a beautiful post about The Excellence of Execution, the one and only Bret Hart.

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What a good timing my post about this courageous young woman actually posted during the International Women Day. Nadia Murad is one of the many courageous, fearless women out there and very humble. More posts will come about our dear Nadia.

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Comic relief. Dave Chappelle is back. I can’t wait to see his special comeback on Netflix. I must find a way to watch the season 2 of the Dave Chappelle show this weekend.

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Charlie Murphy and his ETrue Hollywood stories featuring two priceless icons.

A little hint: Please, the fellow comment may offend some viewers.

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I’m Rick James b*** ” I put outside my feminist side just for a second”

Next week on the Chronicle will be epic. I repeat EPIC!

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I will have the great honor to meet and talk to Paul Beaubrun. We will share our family stories connection, his music, his passion for philanthropy and his love for our Haïti Cheri La Perle des Antilles.

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Denis Laramée will be here too. This very talented visual artist will talk about his exhibition that was happening at the fabulous Salon B in Montreal. It will be fun, fun and fun.

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KANPE KARNAVAL will  in the house. Mesanmi ( Haitian word meaning holy macaroni). Paul Beaubrun, Coeur de Pirate, Arcade Fire will be in the house.

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This party will be the place to be and it is for a very good cause.

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You know what, if you are interested, please go to the link below:

Kanpe website/site web

I hope you will be at the same batchannel, hm ok Adam West chill out hahaha.

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I mean you will be at the same Chronicle channel and will enjoy this next week and continuing to be curious, interested, amazed, sometime wondering what the hell I was talking about.

I love you guys and let’s have a good weekend Chronicle style.

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Soeurs, sisters, mothers and warriors

La première fois que j’ai entendu parler de Nadia était durant le mois de février 2016. Je ne pouvais pas comprendre dans ma tête comment un être humain aurait pu vivre toutes ces atrocités. Et le pire est qu’elle n’est pas la seule. Des milliers de femmes yazidis ont vécu ou vivre le même calvaire que notre chère Nadia. C’est atroce, frustrant et déconcertant. C’était un moment où ces paroles raisonnaient dans mon esprit ” I can’t believe the news today, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away”.

Dans un autre post, je parlerai plus en profondeur de son histoire qui m’a bouleversement touchée. Mais si vous avez la chance de lire cet article dans The Economist (je l’ai lu deux fois car la première fois, je pleurais sans arrêt), vous serez touché et ému je vous le promets.

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Mais aujourd’hui, en cette Journée de la Femme, je mets l’accent sur :

Sa détermination

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Sa force de caractère

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Son courage

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Sa fragilité

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Sisterhood

Son intelligence

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Sa compassion

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À deux, nous sommes encore plus forts

Team work tout le monde ensemble

Être là l’une pour l’autre no matter what

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Je vais écrire cette phrase en anglais.

International Women Day should always be everyday sisterhood day.

As a woman, I want to stand up no matter with my mom, with my cousins, with my girlfriends and with every women all around the world.

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This is Nadia’s website link:

Nadia Murad Website /site web

We need to be there for each other even when sometime it’s hard. Sisterhood for life.

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