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“When you are convinced your cause is just, you fight for it.”

When she was 22 years old, Rigoberto Menchú had to flee her home in Guatemala and make her way to Mexico. Her father, mother and younger brother had been killed by government forces for their activism in protesting the government’s harsh treatment of indigenous Guatemalans. And Rigoberto was worried that she would suffer the same fate. In Mexico, she joined international efforts to achieve social justice for indigenous peoples and victims of government repression in her native country. Rigoberto became a skilled public speaker and organizer, and she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1992.

Do you have the courage to speak up for what you believe in despite that fact it may get you in trouble?

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