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In search of freedom

“Gradually I turned into a machine. My body no longer registered pain; I had no
more tears left to cry.” In Contempt of Fate, by Beatrice Fernando

Across the globe, 27 million people live in bondage today. Billions of dollars are made each year through their exploitation. Despite the scale of this crime, their stories go unheard.

Beatrice Fernando contracted with an agency to work in Lebanon as a housemaid to provide for her son and family in Sri Lanka. However, upon arriving in Beirut, Beatrice was sold to a wealthy woman who beat, starved, and verbally abused her. After months of backbreaking labor and endless suffering, Beatrice escaped by the only means available – she jumped off the fourth story balcony and miraculously survived.

Today, Fernando lives in the United States and speaks out about her enslavement while sharing her faith: a promise she made to God during her recovery. After publishing her memoir, In Contempt of Fate, Fernando has appeared on
numerous television and radio programs, spoken at universities and religious institutions, and testified before the United States House of Representatives on March 9, 2005.
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Ramya Ramanathan's picture

Glad to see you online!

Hi Beatrice, welcome to PulseWire, so great to see your voice on here. Let me know if you're in Toronto soon, it will be great to meet you.

acdadesky's picture

Welcome Beatrice!!

HI Beatrice,

SO glad to see you online. Will you start a personal journal and let us know what you are up to now? I'm also hoping we can collaborate in the Women's Networking Zone. So please have a look at the Groups, and sign up there!

More soon- Anne-christine

Anne-christine d'Adesky
Director of Global Advocacy
3345 22nd street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Jensine's picture

Thank You

Thank you Beatrice for sharing your story. I also read Ramya's excellent interview with you. You are an inspiration!

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

AchiengNas's picture

Dear Beatrice, Today I

Dear Beatrice,
Today I thought of reading the old articles, I am so glad I found yours.
I am so proud of you Beatrice!. Beatrices sound like survivors who turn up to be world changers.
I so much appreciate you for sharing this story. Please write more. I will be waiting to hear more of your stories here.
Kind regards,


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