THE JOURNEY BEGAN

Diane Dillon
Posted September 12, 2011 from Canada

My journey that led me to worldpulse began with an invitation to tell my truth. I have been in a situation where I was a victim of multiple crimes and one being that of human trafficking. I had no idea why these things happened to me or why I survived so many things in life other that possible to expose them and give a voice to what is going on . I have the eyes to see, the ears to hear and now I must use my voice to speak and be a witness for others including myself. this has given me a greater understanding for others who are far removed from my own life when they must tell thier truth and inform me and the rest of the world of thier situation and issues they face as well. My voice is used to bring light to the darkness, sound to the silence. I have had a different life since childhood, I was always noticing others around me and felt a sense of compassion for children on the streets and those who seemed to be alone. I started working at age 6 doing little jobs at the corner store and delivering newspapers. I would go to the areas in the downtown to sing to people with my sister on special occasions like christmas, but we went to the bars and sang for those who were alone and we stood in the doorway, rather than the houses that were filled with comfort. we found that the people alone needed this more and we were always given a treat for singing the christmas carols. Our mother never knew we did this as Our father had been killed at work at age 22 so we were on our own with our ideas. I knew at a young age I wanted to explore, adventure and help others. I had big dreams for a small child. I worked and volunteered my whole life since childhood and still do. My journey has led me to many places and many people. I have had great joy and great sadness but this has made me a whole person in ways I could not have imagined. I have learned compassion and dignity in difficult situations that have tested me,. I have overcome many obstacles and challenges and face more each day, this has traught me resiliance.When I am at my lowest, at these times I am at my best as I seem to find a way out of these dark moments that test me beyond reason. even though I have lost a great deal. I have much to be grateful for. Worldpulse is one of those things, a new beginning.

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Jency
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

Remarkable candid intro. I like 'The Return'.

Regards Jency

Diane Dillon
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

I wrote the return in 2007 . I was sitting quitely and hear some music 10 minutes later I have writtne the retruen. My email is [email protected] if you like I will email you more of my writings I live in Bc where are you?

Diane Dillon
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

Hello Thank You for your comment this was for our second assignment have I tagged it right

Jency
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

Yes you have tagged it right. I think, in addition, you can mention a few key words. BC as in British Columbia? I am in Chennai ( formerly Madras), in the southern part of India. Will mail you, sure.

Jency

Diane Dillon
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

Hi I made friends with awoman from bombay she is here on the island her name is roshan and when she was a child gahndi went to her place and invited her to go on the salt march with him she was about 5 then. she rembers him well

Jency
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

Your friend must be in her 80s. Because Gandhi's salt march happened in 1930. Even my mother was not born then!!! I can understand your frustration at the money power. Keep at it and be strong. Im sure you will succeed.

Jency

Adepeju (Mabadeje)
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011

I admire your resilience and determination. Thank you for sharing your story.

Diane Dillon
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011

Where are you? I live in BC. I will send you itmes from here and cards or information send me your mail address. mine is box 28 Quatsino Bc v0n 2v0 canada. I would love to get a card from where you are. I do stand up to things but at times feel defeated in the arena of justice and human rights. I have uncovered and now seen first hand corruption and it has a face and name or many actually and this for me is a shock. my phone is 250-902-0735 fax 250-902-0833 is there anything I can send you from here let me know.

Monica Clarke-Bennett
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011

I hug you with all my good energy and send you strength for today and for your life ahead. Bless you, Diane. from Monica

Diane Dillon
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011

My son Gabriel has a lovely woman he is going to marry from Kenya. She is studying to be a nurse and he is working on his mastrers dgree in political science. Her name is Amanda. I raised 3 sons alone from when one was 2 years old. I worked and volunteered since high school but evn as a young child got little jobs in corner store etc. MY father was killed at age 22 at work so I grew up fast and felt I had to take care of everyone. Your words mean a lot to me. I will send you some of my writings

Diane [email protected] 250-902-0735 fax 250-902-0833

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011

This is awesome. Your story is so touching. I admire your energy. I must admit that you are a brave woman. Thanks for sharing your story

Diane Dillon
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011

I dont think of myself as brave and at times do feel defeated by those who are rich and powerful and there power is based on money which is a false value system. paper and coin without the paper and coin what are they on thier own. Put soemone who wesr expensive suits and take that away and put tem in humble clothing in a field with out their cars, real estate etc all alone no money what power do they have none other than if they had any real pwoer they would know what to do even in that field and would shine without the money and what they have done to get it. what true joy does it bring

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011

true. a change of clothing that is what gives authority. it is a shame that our society has decided to definite 'powwer' in that sense and not by the mind and the energy,

I agree with you on that but still I think you are a brave and lovly woman. At that tender age, to have feel compassion for mankind already demonstrates how generous you were meant to be. And that is what makes me proud of you and also think you were brave.

Diane Dillon
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011

I was born sensative for some reason. I was keenly away of problems as a child and the adult world. my father was killed at age 22 at work and i and my baby sister were on our own. our mother needed us and we had for a time some relatives to help but that was short lived. I was fiercley independent but also a victim of bullies as a kid now and then it just taught me to run faster. I was one of the fasted runners in my schol but I am now disabled I can walk but things are limited. To think 2008-2009 I was running so fast to answer alarms to save th lives of others I ran out of my shoes and kept going now I walk slowly up stairs. I do not know a day without pain but I am used to it. I do not understand why things are as they are or why people choose to bring such harm to others and the planet. why there are those who are heartless. this for me is the puzzle.

feel free to email me etc [email protected] phone 250-902-0735 fax 250-902-0833 right now good lawyers would be a help for what needs to be done box 28 Quatsino BC v0n2v0 canada Bless you

Tipo Mai
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

I understand your passion for the fight against human trafficking because I have never experienced it yet I know the horrors of such an experience. That you have experienced it and still managed to overcome the terror, I admire you tremendously. Did you get a response from either IOM or UNDOC? Or if not did you eventually find a lawyer for those cases? I am still looking...

Diane Dillon
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

I have not heard from anyone. I am a bit worn down. I just found out the men who are behind all this have started yet another compnay based out of Toronto. it has to do with pipelines and copper mining. people hate that here becuase we have destroyed the environment and the pipelines have been fought by everyone especailly first nations. What do you know about the republic of congo and its politics. also if soneone were to state this " Money talks " how do you take it. I am feeling defeated . It is not just human trafficking but 10 counts under the criminal code etc on other crimes 250-902-0735 I am here all weekend maybe we can chat. today is friday 530am

Tipo Mai
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

It is Friday here too and it is my weekend so we can definitely talk. My skype id is dubbydacious. Let's talk some more.

Diane Dillon
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

I need to hook up with skype. I would like to know how it is free here had it 2009 but moved and new computer. how do I get it hooked up again. I put a new stroy in my jounal this morning it is now 630am also what language do people of republic of congo speak

Tipo Mai
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

They speak French and many other local languages. I have a Congolese friend who worked with grassroots in Congo before and could get you in touch, no?

Diane Dillon
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

I am asking as ,Do they also speak arabic. the men who did these acts to me I found out were born in the republic of congo and some one there may be able to help me find out more about them and thier life there. Malik Talib, Rahim Talib and Nazerr Mihta. all from there. Malik has ties to eygpt and pakistan but was born in congo. give my email to those you think can help [email protected]

Tipo Mai
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

I am not sure if the people in Congo speak Arabic. I know that they have many local languages and then they also speak French. I will give Dieu Donne your details. Meanwhile I will write an email introducing you to each other. Best of luck.

Diane Dillon
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

MY PHONE IS 250-902-0735 FAX 250-902-0833 [email protected] GIVE THIS TO OTHERS YOU KNOW SEND ME YOURS

fem4femmes
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011

Diane,

Thank you for your song!! It is hearing voices like yours out of the darkness that guides so many others to light...

Are you involved with Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter?? an amazing cooperative of women working tirelessly for women's safety and justice!!

Connect with them if you're not already!!

http://www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca/

Raising my voice with yours today,

marissa

Zin Zar
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011

Hello ! Diane , the bitter experience become the sweetest one someday and they make you mature again.When I was betrayed by my love, I couldn't stop feeling pain but after trying to be clam my mind .I have got such a great Motto. Please , let me be your friend to share our voices! Best wishes! Zin Zar

Diane Dillon
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011

Hi it is 4 am here saturday. How are you? you can email me if you like [email protected] where are you. my adddress is 28 leeson pt.rd west , quatsino BC canada v0n2v0 250-902-0735 fax 250-902-0833

send me yours and i will send you card from here

redsbird
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011

hug,hug,you are so strong for life.

Diane Dillon
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011

Good Morning Juan Wu. How are things in China, my son was there fro several years. He taught at Younstown University. His anme is Gabriel. He loves that part of the world he taught in Korea and china and other places.

It is sunday moring here 8am. what is the time difference. I will be glad to call you and also send you something from here. my address is box 28 , leeson pt rd Quatsino Bc Canada v0n 2v0 phone 250-902-0735 fax 250-902-0833

[email protected] let me know yours if you like and I will call and write

ruthibelle
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 19, 2011

Wow. After going through so much. Here you are. Bless you. And thanks for sharing your story.

Diane Dillon
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 19, 2011

I have my down moments and I do get tired but then I get back up and keep going , I have no idea how or why.

My son went blind and could not walk or talk at about 12 years of age he was sticken down with a neurological disorder at that time and I was a single mom with 2 other sons both younger. The doctors did not believe he would live but I sold my things and raised the money to save his life he now has a job and drives a car and 2 small children. it has been a series of events like this since my childhood. right now I am involved in legal battles agaisnt others who are the wrongdoers and it has cost me everyhting financailly . I need lawyers to take over on contingency basis or pro/bono The stress over this is quite high and the hurdles I have to juump through. the deadlines are a constant. I need a miracle on all levels at this time [email protected]

Maddy M.
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 21, 2011

Thank you, Diane, for sharing your story and beautiful poems. May God bless you.

Deb Engle
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011

It's clear from your writing that you are a person of great courage and conviction. I hope you continue to share more and more of your stories in future weekly assignments. It sounds as though you can be an effective voice to counteract human trafficking and other global issues.

Regarding the assignment for Week #2, I'd like to know more about how you found World Pulse, and how your experience with Voices of Our Future supports your vision.

I look forward to reading more!

Deb Engle

gaurav.nakhare
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011

Dearest Diane,

It isn't very often that one reads an article that shines through with honesty, but yours seems to be a wonderful exception. I was really impressed by the way you faced the many challenges thrown at you, and by your goal to bring "sound to the silence". Congratulations!

While this goal is in perfect agreement with World Pulse's aims, I would have loved to see a little more (explicit) explanation of how this has driven your vision, especially for the future. I look forward to the stories to come!

bluepearl2001
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 26, 2011

I enjoyed your story very much, Diane.

Your journey has brought you both darkness and light, sadness and joy. Even with all the suffering, I see in you the strong voice of one who uses her eyes to see both good and evil in the world, the ears to hear and write stories of both intense adversity and joyous triumph. Now, with your World Pulce voice, as you say, you can bring light to darkness. You have much to offer the world. What a wonderful thing to discover World Pulse as a vehicle for the changes you wish to bring about.

Continue your good work. Know that your work is worthy. Blessings!