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July 31, 2013

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For the purpose of keeping records, the missioners asked to see her identification card. 

“That’s when I found out she was born two years before me,” Heather said. “She was 47 years old, and she probably only had a month to live.”

STILL WITHOUT RIGHTS

So, my friends, why do we need feminism? Because, sadly enough, while female empowerment and equality and justice are human rights, in many parts of the world they are luxuries. 

Because this woman, who raised and took care of four children, was pushed to the ground and called worthless over and over again. 

Because when she was sick, she had nowhere to lay her head. Because she was about to be taken out of this world — to which she had given so much — still believing that it would give nothing back to her. 

Because my mother, back home in the United States, is also 47 years old.

Sara LoTemplio is a student at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. This is her third trip to Nicaragua with Mission of Hope.

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