Monday, April 11, 2011

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:RIGOBERTA MENCHU

Rigoberta Menchu Rigoberta Menchú was born on January 9, 1959 in the village Laj Chimel in Guatemala, Central America. Her family was very poor. She is an Aboriginal woman descendant from the ancient culture Maya-Quiché. As the years passed, Rigoberta soon became involved in social reform activities through the Catholic Church, and became prominent in the women's rights movement. Her family was accused of taking part in guerrilla activities and Rigoberta's father, Vicente, was imprisoned and tortured for allegedly having participated in the execution of a local plantation owner. During Guatemala's bloody civil war, her father, mother, and younger brother were killed by Guatemalan soldiers because they protested against human-rights abuses. In 1981, Rigoberta fled the country and settled in Mexico. In 1983, Rigoberta became well known internationally with her widely translated book I, Rigoberta Menchú, in which she tells the story of her impoverished youth and recounts in horrifying detail the torture-murders of her brother and mother. In 1992, Rigoberta received the Nobel Peace Prize for her continuing efforts to achieve social justice and mutual reconciliation in Guatemala. Thanks Mr. Flores