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“Mother Soldier” wins third place in Gordon Parks photo awards

     

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Dakar

Shortly after graduating from UCLA, I moved to Senegal, West Africa, to spend 27 months serving in the country as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  It was my first time in Africa and in a Muslim country, and at first, I was terrified.  Our group of 68 volunteers became a community, in that bygone era of […]

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Antarctica

      A land of snow, rock and ice, dramatic landscapes, unpredictable weather, and turbulent seas.   I had always dreamed of visiting Antarctica, and yet, not until I saw her did I know that I would be back at any and every opportunity.

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Moscow by night

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Words from the DRC

Goma, DRC Voix de la Paix took the project one step further, screening Pray the Devil Back to Hell to women leaders and holding a two-day workshop in Kinshasa, Goma and Bukavu.  Abigail Disney, Leymah Gbowee and Alissa Everett traveled to the DRC to show PRAY to diverse  women leaders such as nationally elected government […]

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Voices of Peace – the Workshops

May is here and it is time.  I will be holding workshops with Abigail Disney and Leymah Gbowee, from Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  From seeing the film a year ago, proposing to Abby that we bring the film to eastern DRC, meeting with women leaders and holding preliminary screenings to see if the […]

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Goma

Despite my exhaustion after traveling some 48 hours, I head straight to the HEAL office where my meetings begin.  Freddy, the guardian at the front gate greets me in his wife-beater from behind his mirrored sunglasses.  At first glimpse of his shaved head and building muscles, one wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark […]

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The DRC Border Again

11am and I am crossing the border from Rwanda into eastern DRC again.  Faces are familiar and I joke about the constantly changing border policy with the woman who checks my passport.  This time my $35 buys me a 7 day visa for Goma alone, stamped into my passport. The border activity seems to pick […]

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International Day of Women – Goma, DRC

Congolese women marching in the rain on International Women’s Day. Goma, DRC. March 8, 2010. Congolese women marching in with anti-sexual violence signs on International Women’s Day. Goma, DRC. March 8, 2010 Congolese women marching on International Women’s Day. Goma, DRC. March 8, 2010

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International Women’s Day Parade

International Women’s Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a big deal.  The eastern part of the country virtually shuts down, NGOs prepare, and Congolese women mobilize to celebrate their official day.  Huge parades are planned and women from all around descend on the town. In Goma, the main roads were blocked off by […]

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