Throwing Stones at the Moon

Throwing Stones at the Moon

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For nearly five decades, Colombia has been embroiled in internal armed conflict among guerrilla groups, paramilitary militias, and the countrya€™s own military. Civilians in Colombia have to make their lives despite the threat of torture, kidnapping, and large-scale massacresa€”and more than four million have had to flee their homes. The oral histories in Throwing Stones at the Moon describe the most widespread of Colombiaa€™s human rights crises: forced displacement. Speakers recount life before displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their struggle to rebuild their lives. Among the narrators: JULIA, a hospital union leader whose fight against corruption led to a brutal attempt on her life. In 2009, assassins tracked her to her home and stabbed her seven times in the face and chest. Since the attack, Julia has undergone eight facial reconstructive surgeries, and continues to live in hiding. DANNY, who at eighteen joined a right-wing paramilitarya€™s enormous training camp in the Eastern Plains of Colombia. Initially lured by the promise of quick money, Danny soon realized his mistake and escaped to Ecuador. He describes his harrowing escape and his struggle to survive as a refugee with two young children to support.The oral histories in Throwing Stones at the Moon describe the most widespread of Colombiaa€™s human rights crises: forced displacement.


Title:Throwing Stones at the Moon
Author: Sibylla Brodzinsky, Max Schoening
Publisher:McSweeney's - 2012-09-12
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