If their hearts could be heard

Every day, “billions of women, men and children face levels of deprivation that undermine the right to live with dignity” (Amnesty International).  I have been one of them.  My brother and sisters have been one of them.  My parents tried to speak out for change in Guatemala, for protection for us, their children, and both paid dearly.  I have personally witnessed human rights violations on many occasions, not only in Guatemala but also in the United States of America.  I still wake up in the middle of the night thinking, if only their hearts could be heard.  If only these victims of violence, greed and hate — my brother and sisters, my parents, my friends and strangers around the world — could tell their stories without fear of prosecution, the world would be a different place.

I came across this short animation on Amnesty.org titled, “How things could change.”

After watching this video and thinking back of the many occasions when I could have been the voice of change, I decided that there was a time for silence, but this is now the time to speak out.  My resolution is to never again be silent, and to be the voice of those victims of human rights violations who can’t talk.  I will fight for them so they can be heard.  I will tell their stories so the world can know.  I will never again keep these things inside to myself.  This is the time for change, and change starts like this: one person at a time.  This is my time to change.

About Gabriel Mongefranco

Gabriel Mongefranco is your software developer for all things data: extraction, integration, analytics and security. He is also a blogger, a poet, a proud father and a faithful Christian. He is always eager to contract with faith-based nonprofits! Learn more.