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Four Years in Solitary Confinement with political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez

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If great leaders are those willing to suffer for their beliefs, Leopoldo Lopez is certainly a great leader.

After he led the massive 2014 Venezuelan protests that swept the nation, the regime of Nicolás Maduro sentenced Leopoldo to over a decade of political imprisonment. He suffered four years of solitary confinement and psychological torture before he escaped. 

Leopoldo tells me about his time in prison and how he cultivated the mental strength to endure. The story of how he smuggled himself into exile is a truly remarkable one. Most of us will never experience military prison, but what Leopoldo discovered about surviving enormous stress is something each of us can learn from. 

This…is A Bit of Optimism.


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