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“Speech is Silver” by Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ, Severn Cullis-Suzuki & Emma Gonzalez
Three different speeches recorded in 1990, 1992 and 2018.


“The Nayirah testimony” by Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ → Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ, called “Nurse Nayirah” in the media, was a fiteen-year-old Kuwaiti girl, who alleged that she had witnessed the murder of infant children by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait, in verbal testimony to the U.S. Congress, in the run up to the 1991 Gulf War. Her testimony, which was regarded as credible at the time, has since come to be regarded as wartime propaganda. President George Bush repeated the story at least ten times in the following weeks. The Nayirah testimony was a false testimony given before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990.

“The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes” by Severn Cullis-Suzuki → Severn Cullis-Suzuki is well know as “The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes”. In her 1992 speech, she said: “I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the hole in our ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don’t know what chemicals are in it.” She addressed a UN Meeting on issue of environment and all her words fell on deaf ears, because to a government, a childs words, mean nothing.

“Six minutes and about 20 seconds” by Emma Gonzalez → Emma Gonzalez speaks at the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control in Washington, DC, March 24, 2018: “Six minutes and about 20 seconds. In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us.” After reading the names of her classmates who were killed in the mass shooting, Gonzalez stood at the podium in silence for six minutes, fighting back tears.


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