Just her eyes

by Lesley on May 15, 2011 · 0 comments

in make-you-think

As a little girl, I wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up. For a while I wanted to be the first woman President of the United States; then an author and illustrator of children’s books. As I got older I thought about becoming a TV reporter or a speechwriter. Clearly, I’m not doing any of these careers at the moment.

And yet, if I really look at the root of these dreams, I realize I wasn’t attracted to the job itself, but something much greater.

Justice. Freedom. Creativity. Storytelling.  Change. The power of words. New Perspective. Hope.

{Shoot. My blog post is starting to sound like an Obama 2012 campaign ad.}

I’m not covering war stories in Afghanistan or writing books on bestseller lists (yet!)—but that’s why I look up to, and celebrate, the people who are.  It’s why I care so deeply about the people in China, and why I got involved when Laura Ling was captured in North Korea. There are people around the world who don’t have a voice. Am I willing to be among the brave few who are speaking up for those who cannot?

Recently, Lara Logan, a well-known war correspondent, fought her own battleLogan was covering the protests in Egypt this past February when, after her cameraman’s battery died, the crowd become violent.  Quickly, crowds of men began pulling her away from her bodyguards and they began groping her repeatedly.  For over 25 minutes Lara was pulled in every direction- her clothes ripped off her body, her hair torn from her scalp, her muscles stretched as the crowds dragged her through gravel and assaulted her.

Who saved her? Ironically, the last person our western society might guess. Eventually, was rescued by a woman dressed head to toe in black religious robes.

“Just her eyes, I remember [I could see] just her eyes,” Logan said. “She put her arms around me. And oh my God, I can’t tell you what that moment was like for me. I wasn’t safe yet, because the mob was still trying to get at me. But now it wasn’t just about me anymore.

“It was about their women and that was what saved me, I think,” she said. “The women kind of closed ranks around me.”

I listened to Lara’s first hand account when she decided to share the story on 60 Minutes. The interview aired the same night that news about Osama bin Laden broke, but I didn’t see it until a few days later.

As the world waits to hear what Osama bin Laden’s wives might tell our government about him, I find myself hopeful. Like Lara and the women who rescued her in Egypt, can these wives find strength to find their own voice? Will they wade into the crowds, figuratively, and fight? I don’t know if they will, but in the meantime I am reminded that we all have opportunities to stand up, speak out, and step-in. My opportunities might be on this little ol’ blog, or in a conversation with friends. I don’t know what your chance will be. But, will you take it? Will you offer hope? Perspective? A voice for the voiceless?

picture credit to NewsOne

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