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Today’s Question by Mario

Author: Paulo Coelho

What experiences will you draw upon to help you reach out to people around the world as a United Nations Messenger of Peace?

In my life I faced many terrible moments, especially when I was tortured by the para-militaries in 1974 in Brazil. It was an experience that didn’t bring me anything. Yet I look back at this encounter with violence and it only sparks in me the will to fight for a peaceful world where all can express their minds and views, without fearing for their lives.

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