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Every day, around the world, people living in poverty work for peace in often unseen ways. Joining in this struggle has been the mission of the International Movement ATD Fourth World for more than 50 years. ATD Fourth World’s newest book, Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty, introduces partners in peace-building whose efforts have too often remained unrecognized. People committed to solidarity in Haiti, Madagascar, the United States, Guatemala, and elsewhere help us to understand their efforts, encouraging all those around the world who strive to overcome the injustice of poverty. In Haiti, these are people like: Merita Colot, who lived in a “no-go zone” and made a point of opening her door for child development projects; Jean-Hughes Henrys, a doctor who refuses to leave for greener pastures and who fights brain drain by encouraging young people to remain despite hardship; and Michèle Montas, then Special Adviser to the UN, who sought out people like Merita and her neighbors so they could provide insights from their experience on how to rebuild the country in such a way that no one would be left behind. Artisans of Peace is rooted in participatory research that was conducted by ATD Fourth World on the violence of extreme poverty that showed just how much people living in poverty do to search for peace, to go beyond violence, and to build a sense of community. Through narratives and numerous color photos, we discover the acts of courage, as well as the creativity, experience, and insights of people born into poverty who are striving to overcome it together with others.
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Diana Faujour Skelton has been a full-time, long-time member of ATD Fourth World's Volunteer Corps since 1986. She has lived and worked in low-income neighbourhoods in New York and Madagascar, and represented ATD at the United Nations from 1996-2004. Since 2008, she has been based at ATD’s international centre in France as ATD Fourth World's Deputy Director General. From there, her work takes her around the world to consult with people living in extreme poverty and visit local ATD Fourth World teams. In 2004 Ms. Faujour Skelton collaborated with the United Nations to compile and edit “How Poverty Separates Parents and Children: A Challenge to Human Rights.” She has authored various articles including, "Intercultural Solidarity Among People in Poverty," a chapter in UNESCO's 2015 publication "Agree to Differ," as well as three entries in the SAGE World Encyclopedia on Poverty, second edition (2015).
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