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In Search of the Real “Bad Guy”

In light of the death of Osama Bin Laden, I was reminded of another recent “bad guy” who the US also killed: Saddam Hussein.  I was thinking about him because it was through the direct contact with his psychotic world of hatred and destruction that one woman was moved to rise up and take a stand for peace and justice.  If you want to be inspired, you should read her book: Between Two Worlds.  I think this book is especially poignant now because we know that even though we’ve caught another “bad guy,” we still have a long way to go as far as addressing root issues of injustice and oppression, particularly amongst women.

Zainab Salbi spent her entire childhood tied to one of the world’s most notorious despots: Saddam Hussein. Salbi’s father worked as Hussein’s pilot, and Salbi spent most of her youth in a home on Hussein’s compound. Between Two Worlds is Salbi’s account of growing up with her life in the hands of this charismatic sociopath.  It is impossible to put this book down; it is truly a testament to the human soul’s ability to endure oppressive circumstances.

After leaving Iraq and coming to the US, Salbi found that all of her grief related to Hussein’s atrocities was being provoked by the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  “Hundreds of thousands of Bosnian and Croatian civilians were being killed in a genocide that was practically being committed on television.  Twenty thousand women had already been raped, what excuse did we have this time for lack of action?”

So she did act.  With almost no material means and few connections, she and her new husband took the savings for their yet-to-be honeymoon and flew to Zagreb, Croatia.  They began interviewing women survivors of rape camps and listening to their stories of tragedy and loss.  Salbi had the idea for an organization where one woman at a time could sponsor a rape victim, send her money each month that would be used towards job training programs, and send her letters of support so she would know she wasn’t alone.

This idea has now grown into a major international organization, womenforwomen.org which helps women who are most in need in areas of war and conflict.  Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah’s explained why an organization like Salbi’s is so important:  “When you invest in women survivors of war, you spark a multiplier effect. Empowered women are crucial to reconstruction and lasting peace. They’re not asking for charity: they just need a chance to show what they can do.”  Zainab Salbi took her emotional response to the horrors of war and transformed it into a life giving organization.

Hopefully society will continue to see and confront that the real “bad guys” we are up against, including the systematic oppression of women worldwide.

As long as women are prevented from attaining their highest possibilities, so long will men be unable to achieve the greatness which might be theirs.”

“The emancipation of women, the achievement of full equality between the sexes, is essential to human progress and the transformation of society.”

(quotes from the Baha’i Writings)

Tiny Seeds is Here!!

Tiny Seeds is a collection of prayers and writings from the Baha’i Faith that I illustrated!!  I designed it with the hope that it would inspire a young audience to engage the message of unity that is at the core of the Baha’i writings.  Tiny Seeds includes quotes that champion the oneness of humanity and other universal spiritual themes, making it a great gift for children of all faith backgrounds.

You can learn more about the book and see pics of it at my website here.

You can ORDER the book at my website and also at my etsy site!!

Kids Love Tiny Seeds!

 

 

A sample page

New Book Cover Design!

I just found out that a book cover I designed a while ago was finally published! Right now the book can be found at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and at the site of the Baha’i Publishing Trust.   It is described as “a collection of prayers and meditations from Baha’i scripture that are intended to provide spiritual healing for the individual during times of crisis.”  There are some really beautiful prayers included, several that have brought me great comfort during times of difficulty.

Books About the Baha’i Faith

A few years ago I put together these 2 books that are introductions to the Baha’i Faith.  One, An Introduction to the Baha’i Faith, is an intro to just basic concepts; kind of an overview of the Faith in general.  The other, Justice=Unity, is more of a look at how the Faith promotes social justice as a key part in building world unity.  Both are simple in format; each page matches a short quote from the Baha’i writings with an illustration.

If you missed out on picking one up the first time around, I am posting these books again for sale at my etsy site.  Only $11 a pop, people!!!!  That’s less than the cost of a really super cheap date.  Particularly if you take your date to Starbucks, and you both order a triple grande soy vanilla latte.  Not even kidding.

An Introduction to the Baha’i Faith: Illustrated by me!

Cover of Introduction to the Baha'i Faith

The Equality of Women and Men

Humanity is One

Justice=Unity: An Introduction to the Inseparable Principles of Unity and Justice in the Baha’i Faith

This book is illustrated by Chris Silva.  I first met Chris when he lived in Chicago–he is an amazing street artist with a very distinct style.  I think his work beautifully matches the spirit of the quotes in this book.  EVERYONE should go to his web site and check out his larger body of work!  You will die of loving it!

Cover for "Justice=Unity" Illustrated by Chris Silva

Illustration by Chris Silva

Illustration by Chris Silva

Illustration by Chris Silva


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