A man once made a promise….

Remember my last post? it was about beautiful people.  Here’s the cheat sheet (in case you don’t feel like reading the actual post.  Although you totally should. I kid. OK, I do not kid, you should seriously read it *wink, wink*):


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Well, here’s an update.  Or an epilogue if you will -even though it was just a blog post and not a book.

This time, it’s about former female child soldiers in Africa.

And in this particular case, we all can help a man keep his promise to a group of very beautiful women caught in a conflict that wasn’t theirs, that went to hell and back and all they want is a chance to live a normal life and help forge a better future for their children.

Abducted as children – as young as 8 or 9, and “forced to become wives, soldiers, cooks and porters” they are now adult women, back in the city with children of their own.  Here’s Ottawa-based photojournalist Marc Ellison’s brief account of their story: A promise kept
Marc will be at the One World Film Festival here in Ottawa on October 13-16, 2011 (yes, that is tomorrow) to raffle a special edition of his upcoming book.  There will also be a silent auction of some of his photographs.
ALL PROCEEDS from the book will go back to these women to help them afford things like school fees and sewing machines, according to Marc Ellison’s website.
Won’t you help keep this promise?

For more about Marc and his work, visit his website


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