Sister Dorthy Stang

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Sister Dorothy Stang, SND,  set out on the morning of February 12, 2005 to continue her work in Brazil. Concerned not only by the destruction of the rain forest, but also deeply concerned about the destruction of human lives, she spent 40 years living and working in that part of the world. In her eyes, every tree that was cut down changed the life of a local person living in these remote areas. Their lives were not changed for the better as their homes and livelihoods were destroyed. Sister Dorothy worked to create small base communities where residents would become self-sufficient and where the rainforest could be preserved in spite of the others who wanted the land for their own use.

expanded-story2Her actions inspired the anger of the logging industry and those who cared more for profits than for people, those who were interested in their earnings more than they cared for the earth. Although she had requested protection from the Brazilian government, none came, despite her name being on death lists. Threats, intimidation, and violence were the tools of those in power, intending to frighten anyone who tried to stop them. Her work was Continue reading