Esperance lives in the Democratic Republic Congo, the worst place in the world to be a woman. She is 50 years old, a mother of four children and a widow. Esperance watched her husband die at the hand of rebels. She was violently raped and would have died if her sisters did not rescue her. She is a survivor of the worst violence imaginable, a violence that has plagued nearly 90 percent of women in Congo. Today she is a peacemaker living in a war zone, helping to stem the tide of violence in the Congo, waging peace in tangible ways with thousands like her.
Esperance cannot read or write. To give permission to share her story, she asked her pastor to write these words: "Tell my story." Then, underneath, she stamped her thumbprint.
Thumbprints, a defining biometric, prove that every person is as human as the next. They speak to the irreplaceable and unrepeatable nature of a single human life. Esperance’s thumbprint is our mandate to tell her story, and thousands like it.
Violence against women is present in every single war zone in the world. Hundreds of women are raped every day on the front lines of conflict.
When you break the heart, you break the community.
Ending violence against women in conflict includes changing community perceptions about sexual violence, putting an end to stigma so that survivors can receive adequate care and restoration.
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Give a financial gift directly to grassroots programs building and restoring peace in some of the world's worst conflict zones. Your gift will help women overcome the affects of war, violence and displacement in Syria and Lebanon. Your information and data are always protected and kept private. Your sisters would like to say THANK-YOU for joining the story! You can give online below or send a check to the following address. You will recive a tax deductable receipt for all donations.
One Million Thumbprints
PO Box 230132
Grand Rapids MI 49523