REVIEW OF IFLAC ANTHOLOGY 2016 IN SPANISHPosted: 2016/11/05
By Dan Luiton
The Anti-Terror and Peace: IFLAC Anthology 2016 is a powerful and unique instrument to fight terror with powerful words of peace. In this book the main focus is to denounce terrorism, war, and violence and try to bring peace to our world. It contains, moving poetry, short stories, essays and interesting articles from different authors around the world. They surely succeed to express their feelings against violence and thus promote peace.
As a reader, I could not stop reading, each poem made me want to do something to bring peace. When I was reading the story of Father Francisco Jose de Raoux Humans or Wolves, about the wolf it made me reflect that even though he killed and ate those people from the community he was still forgiven and they cried when he died. This is a metaphor even though some humans can do terrible acts against other humans (like the Terrorist in Columbia, who were recently forgiven and they became a peaceful citizens), they can still forgive them and educate them so they won’t commit acts of terror again. The most interesting part of the story is that the community cried when he died, meaning they had a great emotional attachment to the wolf. This is interesting because the metaphor of this is that it doesn’t end in forgiving the person but also love them.
In the story of “What Peace, My Teacher?” by Adiela Londono de Copete, there was a student who was not writing a short answer about peace but rather played with his fingers. This student did not write anything because he did not see any peace anywhere due to his life’s experiences and the only joy to his life was coming to school. It was hard to understand at first but then I realize it’s difficult for him to define peace if it did not existed in his home.
One of the stories that I really liked is that one of Maria Cristina Azcona “Humanity and its Auto-Destruction,” where she states that even if humans are auto destroying themselves “the love and poetry are not dead.” “ Even if the starting point to rebuild [ours lives] is like the phoenix, rise from our ashes, as it has occurred since the world began.” In other words,the message of this wonderful story is: it says not giving up even if everything looks destructive.
I think that this unique IFLAC ANTHOLOGY has an important message that is to show and teach IFLAC motto that: the pen is mightier than the sword. Moreover, I think Ernestina Ramirez Escobar’s quote resumes all the Anthology’s message “War brings war. Let us join our voices in peace instead.” Amazing Anthology, that should be read by all, all over the world, and I highly recommend.