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WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service
Torture Survivor, Human Rights Champion
Weekly Program
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Feb. 9, 2023, 5:48 a.m.
As a young nun, Sister Dianna Ortiz went to Guatemala to teach indigenous children and support those being devastated by the military. She was kidnapped, tortured and then taken away by an American man. She jumped out of the car and ran. Vilified when she sought truth and justice, emotionally wrecked, she was helped by staying at the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture in Chicago. She went on to be a major campaigner for those whose human rights had been violated, in Guatemala and around the world. Since her death in 2021, she is venerated like a saint by many. A school is named for her in the indigenous community where she taught.
Produced by Maria Martin, director of the GraciasVida Center for Media. Much of the content first aired in KALW'S Spiritual Edge series, funded by the Templeton Foundation through the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California - edited by Cheryl Duval and Judy Silber; engineer, Tarek Fouda.
Speakers: Maria Emilia Martin, documentary producer; Dianna Mae Ortiz, nun, teacher, torture survivor, activist; Chico Martin, church sacristan in the community of San Miguel Acatan, province of Huehuetenango, Guatemala; Pat Davis, co-writer of Ortizs memoir, The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth; Sister Alice Zachmann, founder of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA.

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00:28:50 1 Feb. 8, 2023
Guatemala, US, and Canada
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