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[6 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
No Reconciliation, No Celebration for Women Here

Somalia, a country ravaged by battles and wars. Bandits who rape the girls and kidnap innocent people spread throughout the country.
The Somali people, who once lived in the most stable country in Africa, now become hostages for clan-based fighting that left everything brown and dried. Nothing green is left.
The Al-shabab Group, those who confiscated the southern part of the country, rejected women to celebrate Women’s Day. That left all females disappointed.
However, the bigger question is, how can Somalis get reliable reconciliation to restore their former flash of hope?

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[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Women, You Are Creating the Future

Patricia Smith Melton
I Celebrate the Women of the World!
You are the deepest heartbeat on our planet. You have roots like great trees, reaching into the earth. You have the vision of the hawks, seeing the smallest gem even if far away. You have the arms of nature’s vines, holding everything around you. Your strength and nourishment travel far, like mighty rivers.
In your hands small treasures are held, large works are created, children are fed and educated, and communities find the good in themselves.
In your dreams, you see the future. In …

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[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Miriam’s Story

Nadra Mahdi
Everything is changed. How can she hold her baby and bring him to their community when she has no husband?
What will she say when they ask her about the baby’s father? No one will believe her. It is a strange story.
But everything that happens after that is miracle. She births the baby and a voice tells her to eat from the palm tree above her and drink from the little river under her. And when anyone asks her about her baby, she must say that she has made a …

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[18 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]
My Art Says: No More War, Anywhere, Ever!

In 1975 the Vietnam War threw me halfway around the world to Alaska so I could meet my cousins, the Aleuts and the Inuits and the Russians. Eskimo culture was my first Western culture, and it proved to me the strength of humans to survive. These were frontier women – rock the baby, skin the bear, rock the baby – doing what they had to, to survive, just like Vietnamese women.
In Alaska I could throw away the negative parts of my Eastern heritage, keep the endurance and the …