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Kristin Wright is a journalist covering human rights issues around the world. She can be reached via her website, bykristinwright.com, or via email at Kristinw@odusa.org.

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200,000 Names to Be Read Aloud at White House This Week

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Two years ago this week I was sitting in a refugee hospital along Turkey's border with Syria, listening to a 15-year-old girl describe the day she was shot by a sniper. In the spine. Paralyzed. For the rest of her life.

Her name was Maya.

In the room beside...

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5 Practical Actions to Help Free Imprisoned Sudanese Mother

(21) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:58 AM

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It's a mother's nightmare.

Forcibly separated from her husband and currently caring for her two tiny children in a Sudanese prison, Meriam Ibrahim awaits 100 lashes and death by hanging.

Condemned to Death for Her Beliefs

Sentenced to death in Sudan for...

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The Powerful New Way to Help Syrian Children Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Four years old with a shy smile, Sarah took me by the hand and led me inside her home -- a tiny, windowless shack constructed on another family's property in the overcrowded Syrian-Turkish border town of Reyhanli. As Syrian refugees, Sarah and her family are struggling to survive on basics...

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Syria: 'Never Again' Is Now

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:28 PM

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Twenty years ago this week the Rwandan genocide began.

Since then we've filled museums with haunting relics, held memorials remembering the hundreds of thousands of victims senselessly slaughtered, and solemnly declared the words, "never again" from podiums throughout the world.

We've said those...

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'Barrel Bomb' Terror: What I Saw in a Syrian Border Hospital

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:30 PM

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I recently returned from a visit to the Syrian border, where I often heard refugees speak in hushed tones of "al-barmeel."

"What is it?" I asked.

When I heard the answer, I wished I had never asked the question.

Crudely packed with...

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Freedom Is Only Half the Battle

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

I'm sitting at the Indianapolis International Airport on a cold February night, a stack of new winter coats on the seat beside me, two car seats...

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Witness to Tragedy: What I Saw on the Syrian Border

(20) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:26 PM

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I'm walking out of Hatay Airport near Turkey's southern border with Syria. I can feel the sun blazing through my white headscarf, and I'm fumbling with my iPhone, trying to find the number for my contact.

I'm almost surprised when someone answers....

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Youcef Nadarkhani, Iranian Pastor, Reportedly Detained on Christmas Day

(8) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Youcef Nadarkhani, a pastor who was sentenced to death in Iran for the crime of apostasy and spent more than three years in prison, has been allegedly detained on Christmas Day in his home city of Rasht.

The former prisoner of conscience whose case garnered international attention throughout 2012...

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Indianapolis Explosion Victims Receive $10,000 Gift from Area Burmese Churches

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 7:05 AM

On November 10, 2012, a massive explosion lit up the night sky on the south side of Indianapolis. Two people were killed and five homes demolished. Nearly 80 houses in the neighborhood were damaged, leaving dozens of families homeless on a cold November night.

The blast was...

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Rohingya Muslims, Persecuted Myanmar Minority, Draw Crucial Attention From Obama Visit

(17) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:09 AM

In one brief visit on Monday morning, President Obama drew crucial attention to one of the world's most egregious human rights tragedies, the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

A Muslim minority situated along the country's western coast, the Rohingyas have been brutally targeted for extinction...

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