Rigoberta Menchu

Rigoberta Maenchu was born on January 9th, 1959 in the country of Guatemala. Her family was persecuted by the government for activism. Later on in her life her father died in a fire while protesting human rights, In 1979 her younger brother was kidnapped tortured and killed by the military death squad. A year later, in 1980, the same thing happened to her mother, forcing Rigoberta to flee to Mexico.

Later on she joined an international effort to make the Guatemalan government cease the brutality towards the Indian peasants. Through her efforts she became very skilled at public speaking and organizing.

In the article it said, "She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her continuing efforts to achieve social justice and mutual reconciliation in Guatemala; she used the money to found the Rigoberta Menchu Tum foundation, an Indian advocacy organization."

Rigoberat Menchu connects to the eight themes section Power and Authority. She connects with this section because of how she had to repeatedly fight the government for the rights of the people. Another reason would be that she created an Indian-led political movement called Winaq, the first political party to represent the indigenous groups directly.

Source: http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/Rigoberta-Mench%C3%BA/51967

Source for image/quote: http://www.azquotes.com/author/21308-Rigoberta_Menchu

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru7Hy9FDQS4


Created with images by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL - "Guatemala, from official and other sources"

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