Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Kohen
In 1975, Indonesia illegally invaded East Timor, until then a Portuguese colony. Since then, an estimated 200,000 people, nearly one-third of the territory's original population, have perished from war, famine, and killings. Now, after the fall of Indonesia's longtime strongman, General Suharto, East Timor is in the public eye and seems on the verge of winning independence. No one has been more crucial to this devel-opment than Bishop Belo, the first Catholic bishop ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His inspiring story recalls the struggle of Mahatma Gandhi, whose nonviolent philosophy greatly influenced the Timorese bishop. In the face of assassination threats as well as excruciating pressure from enemies and friends alike, Bishop Belo has been a moral beacon and an unflinch-ing defender of his martyred people in their fight against injustice. In From the Place of the Dead, journalist Arnold Kohen has written the first full-length biography of Bishop Belo. He captures the sheer humanity and indomitable humor of the man as well as the essence of the spirituality that together have provided Belo with the strength to persevere against overwhelming odds.
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