Birthright of Man: An Anthology of Texts on Human Rights by Jeanne Hersch

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Then she threw the pot down and fell asleep. Slowly, slowly her long ear sank. Immediately Dheg-Dheer’s daughter released the two girls. Together they lit a big fire and inserted four large branding rods. When these were red hot, they rushed to Dheg-Dheer, who was in a deep trance. One of them grabbed and twisted the arch-cannibal’s long ear, and the other two burned her with the hot branding irons. Dheg-Dheer growled loudly, calling unknown people and shouting meaninglessly, and then she died slowly.

He had been hunting. He was oppressed by the heat. ’ The woman answered : ‘Huh! You, a leper, and me give you some of my water! No, No, No ! I’ve got no water. What me give you some water! What, and you drink from my calabash ! ’ When the man had quenched his thirst, he sighed: ‘Thank you, woman, I have had enough’, and he clapped his hands in salute. She gave him some more water and a basket of groundnuts. The man then took out a portion ofgame and gave it to her. But in taking the game, she was struck with fear.

Youth works with its hands, age with its head. Even in the Horde the old are respected. ) Russian proverbs Respect for the stranger Vladimii Monomakh Grand Duke of Kiw 1053-I Instruction to his 125 sons not the beggar, he too has a soul. 83 Wherever you go, wherever you stay, offer the poor and the traveller food and drink, and above all,. honour the stranger whencesoever he comes, whether he be simple, or of good family, or ambassador. 84 Turkey One fine day, people say: ‘A stranger, alone, without kith or kin, is dead .

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