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'A remarkable new book, Nine Lives, tells the stories of individuals who, operating outside the normal channels, have made the world a better, fairer place.'
The Independent 2009

'Every chapter is a story of immense achievements reached by simple people. They all share the simple gift of listening to the humanity hidden in our shells. They transform compassion in the courage to stand out for cause and fighting for human rights. Every chapter is a real personal story of doubts, struggle, fights, tortures, courage, compassion and more... This isn't only a book about human rights but also about the power of humanity. This is one of the most important and inspiring book I ever red in my life.'
Amazon 5-Star review

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"I found this book an inspirational read, as did my husband on a transatlantic flight (short chapters-ideal when traveling) If the world listened to people like these it would be a better place. When you lose hope for humanity, remember these people." - Amazon 5-Star Customer Review.

"This is a brilliant book and one I would recommend to anyone and not just those interested in human rights. It captures nine autobiographical stories of people who have made a difference in the world. This group of people are very diverse ranging from a teenager with a disability to a survivor of the Khmer Rouge. What also makes this book fascinating is the author's insertion of a brief overview at the beginning of each story to set the scene (such as the political and potted history of the Afghan situation)." - Amazon 5-Star Customer Review.

How do people keep going against all the odds in their efforts to change the world? Meet nine remarkable individuals who tell their own inspiring life stories and are blazing trails for others to follow.

From Cambodia to Israel-Palestine, nine stories from individuals standing up for their rights. ‘You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring.’ Malalai Joya, the young member of the Afghan parliament, refuses to let injustice go unchallenged. Her words reflect the irrepressible attitudes and actions of all the women and men who tell their stories here.

Youk Chhang - who has dedicated his life to laying bare the atrocities of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. Malalai Joya - one of the first women elected to Afghanistan’s parliament, now banned for denouncing her warlord fellow MPs. Harry Wu - survivor of and campaigner against China’s laogai labor camps. Chaeli Mycroft - a teenage girl with cerebral palsy whose campaign for disability rights has lit up South Africa. Sompop Jantraka - Thai campaigner who has rescued thousands of girls and women from the sex trade. Oscar Arias - Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of Costa Rica, which has no army. Monireh Baradaran - who survived years of imprisonment and torture under Iran’s theocratic regime. Bassam Aramin - Palestinian peace campaigner whose daughter was shot by Israeli troops. Rami Elhanan - Israeli peace campaigner whose daughter was killed in a suicide bombing.

About the Author: A.P. Braaksma has worked as an editor, communications advisor and journalist in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 216mm x 138mm
Page extent: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-906523-26-8
Publication date: 1 October 2009

Date added: June 29, 2009

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