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Against All Odds...the silent heroes

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They ask for nothing...they quietly go about their lives making a difference. Why? Because they believed in a cause...because they fought a good fight to stand for something they truly believed in. These are heroes to me.

Meet Omari- He is the son to Mama Mora, the sole caretaker of 37 orphaned children at the Faraja Children's Home. This photo was taken two days after he returned from the hospital after suffering a near fatal blow to the face with a machete while defending the children of the orphanage. This incident was the fourth time in two weeks a group of thugs from the nearby slum of Mathare broke into their home to steal whatever they could find. The invaders were easily able to break into the home…

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Mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday Aug 7, 2011 at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth & nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list & ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

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Ilse Weber. A Czech singer and poet, Ilse, along with her son and husband, was sent to the Thereseinstadt Concentration camp by the Nazis. She willingly followed her husband when he was transferred to Auschwitz, hoping to keep her family together. When her young son, Tommy, was sent to the gas chamber with other children, she voluntarily accompanied them, softly singing a lullaby she had written to keep them calm. The immensely beautiful song is called Wiegala. Her husband survived.

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Historic Places to Visit in NJ and the Philadelphia Area!

US Flag. For today and everyday, heartfelt thank yous to all of our military for keeping us free!

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"Stephen Wiltshire. This young artist is grabbing a lot of attention by the likes of CBS and other national news outlets. Stephen has been drawing cities since being diagnosed with autism at a young age, saying it’s his way to express himself. What’s unique about this artist though is that all he needs is a 20 minute helicopter ride above New York and after 7 days, 12 pens, and a lot of music on his ipod, he finishes the massive 18 ft accurate depiction of the city all from memory. He’s so…

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Élise Rivet was the Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion”, where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo, but also used the convent to stash some weapons & ammunition for the resistance. She was eventually caught in March of 1944 & sentenced to hard labor at Ravensbrück concentration camp. About a year later, Élise was murdered along with thousands of others just weeks before the war ended.

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Hannah Senesh was one of 37 Jews from Palestine who parachuted into Yugoslavia to save the Hungarian Jews who were about to be deported to Auschwitz. She was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually executed by a firing quad. Hannah never revealed the details of her mission. Her poem "Eli, Eli" is a very famous Hebrew song.

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Sacajawea. She was stolen, held captive, sold, eventually she was reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker.

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