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In 1989, while working as a missionary in Guatemala, Sister Dianna Ortiz, an American Ursuline, was abducted by security forces and brutally tortured. Her case attracted international attention -- not because it was so unusual, but because she escaped to reveal the details, and because of the explosive charge that the man who intervened with her captors, a...
In 1989, while working as a missionary in Guatemala, Sister Dianna Ortiz, an American Ursuline, was abducted by security forces and brutally tortured. Her case attracted international attention -- not because it was so unusual, but because she escaped to reveal the details, and because of the explosive charge that the man who intervened with her captors, a mysterious "Alejandro," may have had connections with the U.S. Embassy.
In this haunting memoir, Ortiz offers an unforgettable portrait of the psychological and spiritual impact of torture. Her efforts to publicize her case and to uncover the truth in the face of official stonewalling, lies, and slander, is a portrait of courage and stubborn hope. But it is also a story of faith, friendship, and the quest to prove that at the core of the human spirit there is a force stronger than violence and fear.
|4||The Rules of the Game||37|
|5||Our Lady of Peace||51|
|6||The Second Abduction||65|
|7||The Second Woman||86|
|10||Back to the Garden||145|
|11||The Embassy's Cross||164|
|12||Into the Otherworld||193|
|13||A Leave of Absence||217|
|15||Starving Next to the Palace||270|
|16||Torn Secrets, Torn Skin||296|
|17||Fire and Silence||331|
|20||The Inner View||400|
|21||Walking Out through the Third Door||427|
|22||The Length of the Light||446|
Posted October 16, 2002
Sister Dianna Ortiz has given the world a real gift with the book. "The Blindfold's Eyes" is a compelling story of her personal and political journey from the time of her torture in Guatemala to her work running an organization dedicated to abolishing the practice of torture and to healing its victims. In that time she introduces us to many heroes of the struggle for justice, both here in the U.S. and especially among the indigenous of Guatemala. The courage that Sister Dianna shows in confronting those responsbile for her torture and those that would have them get away with it is inspiring. This is an amazing story. Sister Dianna shows remarkable strength in describing the unspeakable horrors that she survived in Guatemala. The indignities that she has suffered in the lies, denials and cover-ups since her ordeal ended are nearly as difficult to accept. The combination of her personal journey to wellness and her ability to use her experience as a catalyst for fundamental social change is an impressive accomplishment. It should be read as a spiritual memoir, as a survivor's statement, and as aguidebook to how our Government really works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2002
This book about Dianna Ortiz and her struggle for healing and justice is a mosaic of one woman's courage and resilience against a crushing backdrop of shameful torture of thousands of innocents in Guatemala. Her torture was motivated, not only by the sadistic cruelty of a few monsters, but also, was part of a deliberately chosen pattern of social, and political repression by the governments of Guatemala, abetted by representatives of the United States Government. The genius of the book is the way the author allows the reader into her life, and the workings of her mind as she struggles to overcome the trauma of her ordeal. She gives us privileged information about herself and the effects of her torture on her family, friends, and her religious community. The testimony of a torture survivor and the recovery of her human dignity is a story worth reading for its own sake. Dianna Ortiz's book, The Eyes of the Blindfold, offers more. Her story transcends her personal experience and serves as a window into the historical dimension of our foreign policy in Guatemala. In the light of Sister Ortiz's story, decent Americans will come to question how much human incense, (literally), are we willing to burn at the altar of "National Security"? This book made me angry. It made me cry. It also left me with a lot of questions. In the end this book by Diana Ortiz and Patricia Davis gives me permission to hold on to a fragile hope for a world seemingly able to devise the most heinous methods to crush the spirit of the human person.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.