Mariah Griffin-Angus
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Mariah Griffin-Angus is from Cobalt (Northern Ontario) and is a Canadian human rights activist and policy analyst with an interest in gender and transitional justice.

Previously, Mariah lived in Rwanda, Uganda and the United Kingdom. She attended Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College for her Bachelors and pursued her Masters at the University of Bristol.

Mariah is a winner of the Ontario Council of International Cooperation's Global Changemaker Award of 2013.

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Entries by Mariah Griffin-Angus

Your Drug Addiction Is Costing Poor People Their Lives

(27) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Nogales, right on the border of Arizona, feels a bit like a town where a modern day
Fist Full of Dollars could be filmed. It's full of cheap tacqueiras, dust and uncertainty. There is a heavy feel of suspension hanging over the place, with families and young labourers...

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Has 2014 Been a Good Year for Gay Rights?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:01 PM

So it's Boston, soon it will be St. Patrick's Day, and for those of us with Celtic genes, we will be saying "It's a great day to be Irish." Except the headline that reads "Gay rights group gets OK to join Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade."


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'Storage Wars' Forgets to Acknowledge the Class War

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:27 PM

What is the price of everything you own -- the price of a lifetime of purchases, sentimentality and a life lived? For Americans facing foreclosures, they can pay a few hundred a month to store it in one of the many tens of thousands of storage units in the U.S....

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For Native Women, the Highway of Tears Cuts Right Across Canada

(13) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Cutting through northern British Columbia is a notorious stretch of highway. Along what is now widely known as the Highway of Tears, a staggering number of First Nation women have been murdered or gone missing. For many First Nations women, however, the Highway of Tears just keeps going,...

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The Streets Are No Place for the Mentally Ill

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:57 PM

I see him everyday, standing out in the street in the heat or the cold fighting ghosts in his head. He's a war vet living the trauma of war a half century after the struggle has become part of forgotten history. Too alone, too marginalized he fights his battles alone...

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Where Do the Homeless Flee in a Flood?

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 1:53 AM

I took refuge in the bank in the heart of Toronto's financial district, shocked by the ferocity of the rain. Water seeped in through the bank doors, soaking my shoes. The thunder was pounding as the sky rolled over in darkness.

As I watched well-dressed pedestrians scramble for sanctuary,...

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Giving Toronto's Elderly Homeless a Second Chance

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 12:00 PM

With his thick moustache and faded prison tattoos Pierre was no stranger to a life lived rough. But you'd never know it if you sat down and had a coffee with him.

He had a gentle bearing and spoke impeccable English and French. Pierre didn't talk much of his...

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Why Young Blood in Politics is a Good Idea

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 12:46 PM

Kampala's chaotic, dusty streets are always crowded. Women with babies selling newspapers, boda guys calling passengers over, street kids begging for money and school kids giggling as they walk home in their old-fashioned uniforms. But there's one sight you will rarely see, if at all: seniors.

This shouldn't be...

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The Torture Chambers That Spoil Uganda's 50th Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 10:52 AM

In Nyamata, a small, dusty town in southern Rwanda, there lies a tidy, red brick church. Its walls are riddled with bullet holes. The interior holds bloody smears on the floor, torn clothing neatly piled on benches, and rows of bones. They are memorials for the...

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Unless we Can Stop the Ivory Hunt, Say Goodbye to Rhinos

(5) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 9:20 AM

They come in the dead of the night, rappelling down from helicopters, armed with night-vision goggles and chain saws. They act quickly and ruthlessly. The target? Killing an elephant or rhino in order to score an ivory tusk or horn.

It's hard to believe an elephant tusk...

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In Uganda, Gay Rights Activists Fight Back

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 12:43 PM

Last year, Uganda was thrusted into the international spotlight over proposed legislation that would make homosexuality punishable by death. Fortunately, strong international outrage forced the government to backtrack. And yet, the government continues to push a vigorous agenda against civil rights for gay people. Unfortunately, they have been...

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Would the West Romanticize Mob Violence if it Knew About Uganda?

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 1:04 AM

They might have killed him over a bag of soccer balls. It happened on a sunny Sunday morning when Kampala is, for once, quiet and sleepy. I was on my way to the bookstore when I saw the young man running with the netted bag of balls. But he couldn't...

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The New Terror Stalking Ugandans

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 8:55 AM

Early this week, physical contact was banned in Uganda. The re-emergence of Ebola, with two cases discovered in Kampala, has sparked fear in the country. And little wonder. It's a disease that could have been created by writers of a Hollywood horror movie -- a communicable disease that...

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In Ugandan Nightclubs, There are No Rules

(5) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 2:06 PM

To be honest, I don't think anyone could have expected to be dancing to Adele's Rolling in the Deep while The Jungle Book played on TV screens around the dancefloor. But welcome to Kampala, the party capital of East Africa, where anything goes.

Nowhere are...

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Karamoja: Land of the Cattle Rustlers

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 8:23 AM

It was 6:59 p.m. Only one minute until the power comes on, the restaurant owner told us. Every night from 7 p.m to 11 p.m, she said, but at no other time. But the minute came and went, and the restaurant remained in darkness. The only light was from my...

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Miners in the Heart of Darkness

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Last week, Canada's International Development Agency (CIDA) dominated the news in Canada. But there was little talk about our role in aiding or interfering with development in Africa - the story was focused on the $16 glass of orange juice and Oda's fall from grace. Meanwhile in Bunagana,...

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Forget About Landslide Election Results: These Landslides Kill Children

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Hemingway was never trapped in a mall. This is what I told myself as I watched the floodwaters rise around me last Monday. Before going to Uganda, I'd anticipated all manner of things that could go wrong -- riots, malaria, perhaps even being trampled by raging elephants. Hemingway was able...

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Why Sending Your Old Clothes to Africa Doesn't Help

(12) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 1:14 PM

Last week, I saw a street kid walking down the dusty road in Bukoto Markets. He was selling mangos from a bucket and wearing a Carleton University shirt. He stood there, in the midst of the dilapidated market stalls, surrounded by squawking chicken in cages and boda drivers calling out...

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There's Nothing "Extremist" About Banning Plastic Bags

(11) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 5:27 AM

Recently, Toronto City Council did something that Mayor Rob Ford deemed "ludicrous and dangerous": They banned plastic bags. Perhaps Council was concerned about the estimated 500 billion plastic bags are used around the globe each year. Yet, while commentators such as the Globe and Mail's Margaret...

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Ugandans Are Sticking it To the Man For Women's Rights

(4) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 2:26 PM

This past spring, Ugandan women did something unprecedented: in response to a brutal assault on opposition leader Ingrid Turinawe they took to the streets. People were shocked by the photographs that show police brutally grabbing Turinawe's breasts as she cried out in pain. Sexual assault is...

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