It’s bittersweet to sit down and write what will be the final blog of my fellowship. It has been an incredible learning experience for me and has left me with many friends with which I have shared many difficult and exciting experiences all over Peru. I feel like we have accomplished much and I look forward to seeing all that they will do in the future.
As I reflect back on my time in Peru it’s important to remember that there is more work yet to be done and that this is by no means the end of my work in Peru or with EPAF and AP. During my journey back to the U.S., I had the pleasure to accompany 38 handmade quilt squares made by the people of Sacsamarca. Yesterday, we sent all 38 of our quilt squares from Sacsamarca to a group of quilters in New Jersey who will begin the process of turning the hard work of these past few months into an advocacy quilt (or maybe more than one) that we will use to exhibit and display in the U.S. and Peru. We are very hopeful for this quilt and excited to see the final product of many months of effort and travel.
I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to EPAF and The Advocacy Project for giving me the opportunity to participate in these efforts with them and assist in their tireless work for human rights and to provide a voice for the voiceless. I wish them all the best going forward and know that those on whose behalf they work are in the best of hands. Their work should serve as an inspiration to all those fighting against forced disappearance and for human rights around the world. Thank you to everyone who has followed, read and commented on this blog as well. I appreciate it more than you know and I hope the stories were able to shed some light on Peru, EPAF and the search for The Disappeared.
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Posted By Thomas Bradley (Peru)
Posted Jan 11th, 2015