Rigoberta Menchu


A woman of profound strength and courage, flaming with freedom’s passion and the rights of her people, Rigoberta Menchú Tum is the leader of a mass movement for the recovery of civil rights of the indigenous Mayan people living in Guatemala. Menchú was born into a poor peasant family in the Quiche branch of Mayan culture that farmed on plantations to live, and has witnessed and been victim to the oppression caused by the Guatemalan government. Beginning at a young age, Menchú has worked endlessly to reform government policies regarding farm workers and to perform all kinds of social activism to promote common welfare. For the services she performed on behalf of the indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala, Menchú received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, an honor that has been shared by all those whom she has helped. This magnificent woman has inspired countless citizens of the world to take a stand against injustice. She is a global icon of perseverance in spite of difficulty and humanitarian initiative. Rigoberta Menchú Tum has not only brought pride to her native Indian people, but also truly demonstrates that one person can make a huge difference in the world.





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