Silvia was interviewed by a German newspaper in March. Most of the questions were about her work in children’s rights.http://www.derwesten.de/p...rossmutter-id6469066.html
The link was posted by MagMil at TRF.
Some excerpts:Children - they are the reason for your volunteer work. Why children?
“It has crystallized over time. I travel a lot, have seen a lot. The worries, the tragedies of the children. I've talked to people who take on such cases and noted how difficult it is to draw attention to the problem of sexual abuse. Then I wanted to help. I remember twelve years ago, in Brazil, I talked with my friends about the children and the problems there and then I decided to work in that direction. Since then we have had the Childhood Foundation, and I’m very proud of this, it supports 600 organizations and projects. We do not do it ourselves, but we support, with advice and help, those who deal seriously with the issue. That's a big job.”Is it easier to get donations and recruit volunteers now - or more difficult?
“It is like this: 15 years ago, no one wanted to talk about the topic of sexual abuse. People didn’t notice this problem or did not want to notice. So it is good and important that it is now on the agenda. But you have to wonder whether it is there because it has increased… But one thing for sure: If it is not on the agenda, then people cannot help.”When you travel to Germany: Is it foreign to you or a little bit like coming home?
“Coming home. You know, it's a bit like when you have a child and you love it. But when you have the second, you wonder whether you can love it equally. And again with the third. But: Nature helps. And so it is with me: I grew up in Brazil, went to school in Germany, now I live in Sweden. Bringing them together is very good. And because of that Germany is like coming home for me.”