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Waging Peace

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 9:26 AM

Atlanta, Georgia - A few days before I left for Jordan and Iraq, an old friend rang me up. He was emotional, begging me to be safe 'over there.' I gave him every assurance I could think of, but in the end he hung up as agitated as he'd called....

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It Can Be Done

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Atlanta, Georgia -- Did I ever tell you about my favorite boss? He was born in a refugee camp. His mother fled the Soviets in Budapest, escaping to Yugoslavia where she met a man in a camp there. The couple sought asylum in France where their baby was born in...

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Frying Pans and Fires

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Mafraq, Jordan -- For some strange reason they made me think of the Supreme Court Justices, sitting in a row against the wall wearing their black abaya and grim faces. We shook hands and I sat beside one of the translators (both of whom -- this time -- were women)....

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Talking and Listening

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Domiz camp, Northern Iraq

I have been anticipating and dreading the Domiz camp women's meeting for weeks. It was from Domiz camp that I heard the reports of sexual violence I wrote about in my first blog. Two days ago we finally sat down to talk together --...

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The Kurds Got Me

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Domiz Camp, Iraq -- Darfur got George Clooney. Haiti got Sean Penn. Cambodia got Angelina Jolie. The Syrian Kurds got me, Sarah Wayne Callies. That is the simplest and most direct metric I know to convey how bad it is for them right now. Other major humanitarian disasters have garnered...

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'I Am Walking Headlong Into My Own Darkest Night'

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:35 PM

I'm ashamed to admit how afraid I am to go to the Middle East. I'm not afraid of being a half day's walk from Syria's warzone -- I'm not afraid for my safety. I am afraid of the weight of the pain I will witness. Afraid it will drag me...

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For Two Refugee Families an Ocean Apart, the Joy and Promise of a New Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 2:23 PM

I arrived in Bangkok yesterday after nearly two days of travel.

Right before I left home my husband suggested that I lay in provisions -- they don't feed you these days when you fly. So I ran across the street to buy a sandwich in a...

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