“Prisoner of Hope” Melissa Fleming interviews Michelle Bachelet – Awake at Night

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  • United Nations published this video item, entitled “”Prisoner of Hope” Melissa Fleming interviews Michelle Bachelet – Awake at Night” – below is their description.

    “I understand the people I speak to in my current job, because I’ve been in their shoes: I’ve been arbitrarily detained. I’ve experienced enforced disappearance.”

    In this episode of Awake at night, we meet Michelle Bachelet, who was the first female President of Chile for the Socialist Party of Chile (2006–10; 2014–18).Michelle is now the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    Michelle’s father served in the Air Force and, in 1973 after being taken prisoner during a coup that overthrew the government, he died in jail at just 50 years old. Michelle shares the harrowing stories of how she and her mother were later taken to a clandestine detention centre, her exile in Australia and East Germany, her motivations to study medicine and return to Chile and why, despite everything, she remains a prisoner of hope.

    “We may not be all responsible for the past, but we are responsible for the future.”

    Listen to Full Episode: https://www.un.org/en/awake-at-night/S3-E29-prisoner-of-hope

    Screen-shot photo credit: ©UN Women/Karim Selmaoui

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