Thursday, October 06, 2005

Daniel Pearl Music Days


On October 10th, were he still alive, journalist Daniel Pearl would be celebrating his 42nd birthday with his wife, Mariane, and young son, Adam.

But he was beheaded - in a brutal murder broadcast over the Internet - in Pakistan in 2002.

(If you want to read a beautiful and devastating love story, see Mariane's book A Mighty Heart.)

In a gesture of hope in the face of despair, his family have invited people to create or support a musical event in their communities on the day that would have been his birthday. In the past 3 years, events have taken place in Goa, New York, Karachi, Nairobi and Jersusalem, among others.

A fitting tribute for the youthful man who was not just a writer and devoted husband but also a dedicated musician.

Danny Pearl wrote these deep and sometimes quirky stories that appeared in the middle column of the Wall Street Journal, some which can be read here.

Events over the next few days leading up to, and including, October 10th will be taking place in Cameroun, India, the US, Zimbabwe, Italy, Sweden, and on and on.

Many candles to defeat the darkness.

3 Comments:

Blogger arzan said...

Olinda

Thanks for this pointer. How time flies. I can remember it as if it was yesterday when the whole Pearl Incident happened.

Things still seem not to have changed a lot!

US still supports the scum in Pakistan who could have saved his life and got him off and are today still harboring the murderers.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Sakshi said...

This incident was really sad. It also shows that besides army personnal....even reporters get caught in dangerous situations..whether at home or abroad. Many reporters have lost their lives in the line of duty...but rarely will people ever talk or hear about them.

It makes you still keep a little faith...in the people bringing the truth behind the events..to us.

BTW - my new blog is www.sakshijuneja.com/blog

4:28 AM  
Blogger Olinda said...

Arzan, yes, the sick compromises and lies that one tells oneself in order to get what one wants.

Sakshi, and the sting of his death (not that his life was worth more than anyone else's) comes from reading what his wife writes about him and how he loved her and their life together, and even worse, to think that the beautiful boy Adam will never have the benefit of such a loving man who would've made a great father.

11:31 PM  

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