Friday, May 20, 2011

Famous Speech Friday: Phyllis Rodriguez & Aicha el-Wafi on 9/11 forgiveness

While their lives are worlds apart, Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have plenty in common: Both women are activists, Rodriguez working for social justics, el-Wafi on behalf of Muslim women. They are both mothers. And on September 11, 2001, Rodgriguez's son Greg died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, while el-Wafi's son, Zacarias Moussaoui, was convicted for the attacks and is serving a life sentence. So that makes one more thing they have in common, according to Rodgriguez. "Our suffering is equal. Yet I'm treated with sympathy; she is treated with hostility," she says of el-Wafi.

Brought together a little more than a year after the 9/11 attacks with other relatives of victims, the two women have appeared in speaking engagements throughout Europe and the U.S. since then to talk about reconciliation and forgiveness, using the relationship they have forged as the centerpiece of those talks. They presented jointly at TEDWomen last year, 

This joint talk is a testament to restraint for speakers. Here's what you can learn from it:
Here's the video of their talk. What do you think of their words and their approach?



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