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Archive: July 2013

Cory DeVries - Blog Post 1: MFA Orientation: Amman, Jordan

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On July 2-3, I had the chance to go to Amman Jordan for the ‘West Asia Civil Society Regional Consultation’. This was the last of 7 global consultations that have taken place over the past 3 months. Previous consultations took place in Bangkok, Mexico, Athens, Brazil, Kenya and Washington D.C.

Natalia Yang - Blog Post 1: Finding Inspiration in a Challenging Situation

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In April 2013, two months before my internship to work with a refugee and migrant rights organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the media exploded with recent reports on the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza. This happened just outside of the city center, in the suburbs of Dhaka, where men and women (80% women) migrate from rural villages of Bangladesh into Dhaka to find work in factories. This was a devastating and eye-opening tragedy and the news really shook me. All I could think was "Why"?

Christine Galipeau - Blog Post 2: The Railway Kids

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When I first saw him, he was clutching a rock in this hand. He looked ready to launch it at a target that was about three meters away from him. When I came closer, I saw that the boy’s aim was a full-grown man who also happened to be holding a rock. I felt like I was stepping into the middle of a showdown-Bangladeshi style. My voice broke the tension. “What is going on here?” The young boy looked up at me and seemed a little surprised to see me standing there. It was at that moment that I asked the boy his name. “Amar nam Mustani” he replied.

Elena Lopez - Blog Post 1: Homecoming in an Unknown Land

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It has been a month since my plane first touched down in Manila, and it feels like I’ve been here both forever and no time at all. This juxtaposition of emotion mirrors my own juxtaposition of identity: on the one hand, I am born and raised Canadian, and privy to all the privileges it entails; on the other, I am Filipino and visibly so, as I am often reminded by well-meaning compatriots in my home country. It seems that in both Canada and the Philippines, I am marked in some way of being the “other”, whether it is through appearance or through culture.

Cassana Kelly - Podcast 2: UN CMW List of Issues Prior to Reporting

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In my second podcast I discuss my main project at CMA, the processes and results.

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Jacquie Day - Blog Post 1: Learning to Live in New Lands: First Impressions

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Well, I’m here. Believing it or not. Part of me is in belief, and the other part dis.  It’s strange to be here, without really the intention of traveling. To have to settle into life in Trivandrum feels oh so foreign. It is more conservative here than I had anticipated. Though I was told this, I really didn’t know what it would feel like, to instantly have some freedoms not granted. First of all, there is no nightlife in this city.

Cassana Kelly - Blog 3: Living in the Barangay

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About a month ago I decided to make my fourth housing move since the start of my internship.  Moving around so much has certainly had its pros and cons but I continue to shove my growing collection of things in my now bulging suitcases and find new places. Some people find moving a hassle, but I personally find it exciting.