Speaking with a local Sardinian woman the other day, who happens to follow my blog, she asked me why I wrote an article on Rossella Urru and why it’s important to me.
Free Rossella. Rossella Urru is 29 years old and is a volunteer. She was abducted in Algeria on 22 OCtober 2011.
At the time I couldn’t find the right words to convey my thoughts on this urgent matter. It has taken me over twenty-four hours to get my thoughts straight, and here is my answer:
First and foremost, as a woman, I found it important to spread the message of Rossella Urru’s disappearance with the world. The Italian media were silent for far too long.
We women need to support each other, we need to hold each other up in times of struggle and we need educate the world when politicians are silent.
Rossella Urru may not be a child, but she is someones child.
It took 117 days for the Italian media to report on Rossella’s abduction. The broadcast came from the popular Sanremo (an Italian song festival). The stunning Geppi Cucciari, who is also from Sardinia, reported on Rossella’s abduction.
When I was a 16-year-old girl, in highschool, all innocence was stolen from me and my city. When young schoolgirls were abducted, tortured and later murdered. I imagine many of you do not know the names Kristen French or Leslie Mahaffy. Kristen French went to the Catholic school and I attended the public school. Both schools are side by side. Kristen French was abducted in a church parking lot on her way home from school. The same church parking lot I passed, almost daily to visit a school friend. These abductions, tortures and murders in my city, changed me. It gave me a voice for the women who cannot speak, for the women who endure nights of silence and beatings, I am your voice. Hear me roar!
There seems to be an alarming rate of missing women worldwide. Does anyone else see this? Realize this?
As of today, Rossella Urru has been at the hands of terrorists for 144 Days, 9 hours and 27 minutes.
We are all Rossella Urru’s and Kristen French’s. We are all women who are still struggling to survive in this manly world.
We are all freedom, unless that freedom has been stolen from us.
It’s time to stop this madness, it’s time to bring ALL the children home, safe, back in their mothers arms.
Freedom for Rossella Urru.
Freedom for the thousands of women, who do not have a voice.
It’s been one hundred and three years since the first International Women’s Day was observed in the United States. Today around the world men and women will join hands in solidarity, peace and equality.
As of today, Rossella Urru has been held hostage in Algeria for 138 days, 8 hours, and 41 minutes.
FREEDOM FOR ROSSELLA URRU
When you reflect on the women in your life today, please take a moment to say a prayer for those women, in 2012, who have had their freedom so brutally taken.
138 days held hostage in Algeria. 138 days of uncertainty. Freedom for Rossella Urru!
Rossella Urru is a 29-year-old woman from Sardinia, Italy. On the evening of 22 – 23 October 2011, she was kidnapped (along with two colleagues) in Algeria. She was working for the company International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP).
She has been held hostage for 128 days, 18 weeks, 3072 hours, 184,320 minutes and 11,059,200 seconds. (Recorded on February 27, 2012)
There is a wonderful Italian blog dedicated to Rossella Urru, where you can leave/read letters of support, up-to-date recent press releases and poems written for Rossella by family, friends and strangers.
The blog is a meeting point for the immediate liberation of Rossella Urru.