A mirror that reflects your choices, or a map of your heart - this is what Beatrice Fernando's book is to her readers. She has walked an invisible line between fate and faith, misery and hope, and hate and love. Your conclusion depends on which side of the line you are on. This is the affect In Contempt of Fate
has on its readers. Like a pendulum, the narrative oscillates between the valleys and the ridges of the human heart.
Recruited by an employment agency, Beatrice was sent to Lebanon in 1980 as a housemaid. This was part of a sinister set-up to lure the gullible into slavery. She was virtually imprisoned in the house of her employer, who routinely brutalized and starved her. In a desperate attempt to escape, Beatrice leaped off a fourth floor balcony. It was a leap into the unknown.
Today, Beatrice lives in Massachusetts, still struggling from the aftereffects of her fateful choice that day. As an activist, she works tirelessly to bring about awareness and change to the millions of oppressed people in our society who might fall victim to the slavery trade. Let her story inspire you. Join the fight to abolish slavery. Become a voice for the voiceless.
On March 9, 2005, Beatrice testified before Congress
about her experience as a slave. She expressed her thoughts on abolishing slavery in the 21st century. She has also addressed schools, religious institutions, and civic organizations around the
country, sharing her story and delivering her message of freedom.
Some of the photos from her appearances can be found on this site.
update for in contempt of fate fans
Dear Fans: For those who read my book, In Contempt of Fate and got to know my son as a little boy, I would like to share these wedding photos with you. He has grown into a wonderful and loving man. Below are his wife and daughter.
Left: My son Rukshan and his wife, Sachini Manthika with their new daughter on the day of her christening. She was born on April 9, 2009. Right: My granddaughter, Davina Mindy on her second birthday.