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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
My Life Has Turned into a Hopeful One

Chantal Nimugire
Rwanda
I grew up and lived with my grandparent (0-6 years) and with my auntie (7-16 years) the whole of my childhood. My parents were living in other places. My mother was a single mother and I didn’t know my father. This was indeed a very sad and painful experience since the families where I stayed did not care to provide for me. In this situation, I greatly realized the importance of staying with your parents.
Out of my situation, I developed love, care, compassion, and advocacy for the rights of …

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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Piecing the Peaces with Fabric Art

Lee Porter
USA
In 1996 I spent a month at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. I was interested in what archaeological research added to understanding the Bible. But it wasn’t information under the ground, but what was happening on the ground, which had a profound effect on me.
Just before I arrived the Israeli government had assassinated a Palestinian leader and Palestinian suicide bombers had killed not only themselves but several Israelis. The Israeli government responded by not allowing over 100,000 Palestinian commuters to work in Jerusalem for over two months. This was …

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[15 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Coming to America, Part I

Zina Bhaia
Iraq
By permission from www.thenewsgazette.com
So many lights!
I knew that America would be big, but as I looked out my Royal Jordanian Airline window at the sprawling nightscape of Chicago and the towering cityscape of its downtown, I thought, “Oh, my God, it is huge. And Lake Michigan, why do they call it a lake? It is like an ocean.” I had flown into Baghdad at night many times, and Baghdad was but a speck of light compared to this glaring city below me.
“What am I getting myself into?” I thought. …

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[8 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Why Not Peace?

Vahid Sadri
Iran
In the name of God who created human beings
i want to know . . .
why not peace?
why war in the world?
why are we born ?
which way are we going?
what is humanity’s grand goal?
why not peace?