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The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth [Paperback]

By Dianna Ortiz (Author) & Patricia Davis (With)
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This searing memoir of an American nun who was abducted and tortured in Guatemala--and continues to search for healing and justice--shows that the human spirit is a force stronger than violence and fear.

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The searing memoir of an American nun abducted and tortured in Guatemala, Whose ongoing search for healing and justice shows that the human spirit is a force stronger than violence and fear. Even more timely now for its insights into the aftermath of torture.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   484
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.38" Width: 5.68" Height: 1.22"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570755639  
ISBN13  9781570755637  

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More About Dianna Ortiz & Patricia Davis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ortiz, an Ursulinenun, is a human rights activist and advocate for the victims of torture. She is Director of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International.

Dianna Ortiz currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey From Torture To Truth?

Are you...AWAKE now, backseat warmongers?  Jun 6, 2005
Sister Ortiz account makes tears flow; the truth of her suffering makes folks strviing to become fully human think to our current the warmaking reality we allow, and the inevtiable suffering of innocents that ALWAYTS springs from it.

Reading Ortiz makes you say, OUT LOUD "Never again." Ortiz makes you get up, call your representatives, and tell them that you are going to be a CITIZEN, and demand of them an end to what Ortiz calls "The ominous silence" surrounding torture and warmaking activity and all that accompanies them...

Are you awake, and aware, now all you backseat warmongers?

You're warmaking has always made me sick. Sister Ortiz' ordeal makes me overwhlemingly sad.
Honest, Powerful  Jan 20, 2005
A spiritual journey through hell to light and grace. A book about torture and its effects, Blindfold Eyes is more than that. It describes an innocent nun's dark night of the soul as she is betrayed and disbelieved by her own government. It can speak to all of us who feel hurt and alone.

Here is a link to a radio interview given by Sr. Dianna in 2002:

Listen to her voice and you will hear how wonderful a person she is. This book is about the truth--which Sister Dianna tells without flinching.

Thankyou  Jan 30, 2004
A thousand Thankyou's to the Author for writing this Book. I had picked this up at the local library as I walking around the recent book arrival section.

This was book was so helpful to me on a spiritual/religious level and I appreciated the sharing of the deep personal struggle and strategies to cope with Post Traumatic Stress.

From a Religious p/o/v I thought this was awesome as it introduced me to completey new ways of seeing meeting God.
It was also the first book that I have read on the experinces of the church in Guatemala.Although I have seen the documentary " Finding Dominga" at a retreat for PeaceMakers.

I had also never read any of the works of the mentioned Poets at the vigil in Washington and now have them on my reading list.

Thanks so much for sharing the journey .

Not for late night reading!  Nov 7, 2003
Sister Dianna Ortiz' story had to be told and more importantly it must be heard. The first person account of her torture and rape is horrorific, but even more shocking is the scale of crimes committed against the people of Guatemala. Ortiz is even handed in describing the atrocities performed by the guerrillas as she is in telling on her torturers, the Guatemalan military. As an American, it is disheartening to learn about my country's involvement by providing military and financial aid to a regime that massacred thousands.

Ortiz reveals in grisly, personal detail the physical, mental, and emotional abuse she suffered beyond her 24 hour detention. Her memoir is extremely painful to read. The turmoil she has experienced for more than a decade has not silenced her, instead, she has become a voice for those whose cries cannot be heard beyond their cell. Her memoir is a testimony for all torture victims.

The Blindfold's Eyes would have received a 5 star evaluation had there not been two major flaws:
1) The statistics of those killed and disappeared vary from different sources as they appear on different pages (p. 47, 183, 350, 422)from 20,000 to 47,000 disappeared and from 100,000 to 200,000 killed.
2) Ortiz' objectivity becomes diluted during the DOJ investigations. Her characterizations in that time period are very judgemental; tribute is given to those who support her and those who oppose or question her are villanized. No one is neutral.

The truths we don't see  Sep 11, 2003
The Blindfold's Eyes is a tragic tale told by a broken woman. This shows how a brutal 24 hours can linger for a lifetime. Sistor Dianna's tragedy was horrific, proven by the way she releases the actual events of that day. Piece by piece, so things she will not even reveal. What caught my attention was the underlying story she presented when dealing with the US government. The lack of concern for this case and the cases of many others from Guatemala was astounding. The deciet and treachory that occurs so they our government could continue selling arms, training soilders, and talking peace (which was an utter joke) was disgusting. I commend Sister Dianna on being brave enough to put her horror to words, to stand in front of the government and point her finger, and to go on, rebuild, and learn to live again.

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