In many times when we forced problems in our life, we usually fight at beginning then give up, But for Quiana Childress, she didn’t give up, her determined to help her family & get them out from bad situation at that time & never lose hope to get a job after school & she was only 16 years old, but she didn’t want to see her family falling apart.
She supported her family but, she wasn’t known that support will lead her to be a doctor..!
"Sometimes, I would go to bed hungry," Childress recalled. "My mother would try to portion out the food for each one of us. Sometimes, it wasn't enough."
With 16-year-old Quiana trained as a nursing assistant and went to work.
"I guess my mother felt like it was too much for her. The problems were too much," she recalled. "And I came home one day and the boxes were packed. And she came up to me and told me she was leaving and that I needed to find a place to stay."
At 16, Quiana was homeless, sleeping in her only possession -- an old, used Pontiac.
She added "It was a scary time. I couldn't really sleep," she said. "Eventually, I just learned to pray and close my eyes."
She took on a second job while she was still in school. Every day began by waking up at 3 a.m. to study.
"I didn't want to be a burden on anybody," she said. "I did not want to take advantage of any situation. I just wanted a roof over my head, be able to go to school, play basketball, and just live what I would consider a normal life."
I think there are many of Quiana in this world & many how want to be like her.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
She was killed during the 2009 Iranian election protests. Her death became iconic in the struggle of Iranian protesters against what they said was the fraudulent election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
She believed in democracy as she said “'I'm here, I also voted, and my vote wasn't counted”.
The story started on June 20, 2009, at around 6:30 p.m., Neda Agha-Soltan was sitting in her Peugeot 206 in traffic on Kargar Avenue in the city of Tehran.She was accompanied by her music teacher and close friend, Hamid Panahi, and two others, who remain unidentified. The four were on their way to participate in the protests against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election.The car's air conditioner was not working well, so she stopped her car some distance from the main protests and got out on foot to escape the heat. She was standing and observing the sporadic protests in the area when she was shot in the chest.
The protests were going on about one kilometer away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gas used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me” & he added “nearby members of the crowd pulled a man from his motorcycle while shouting: "We got him, we got him," disarmed him, obtained his identity card and identified him as a member of the Basij militia (government paramilitary). The militiaman, identified as Abbas Kargar Javid, was shouting, "I didn't want to kill her." The protesters let him go, but they kept the alleged killer's identity card and took many photographs of him. A recent documentary on the shooting contained a previously unseen clip of demonstrators capturing the militiaman seconds after the shooting.
Her last words were, "I'm burning, I'm burning!"
She died en route to Tehran's Shariati hospital & buried at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran.
Greetings to your soul, Greetings to your courageous & greeting to your humanity Neda Agha-Soltan.
Yesterday, there was Neda & tomorrow we will have like Neda in our counters!