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Katrina's Children -- Still Struggling

Katrina's Children -- Still Struggling

Commented Aug 28, 2009 at 18:39:19 in Politics

“While the rest of America has moved on, New Orleans residents deal with the after effects of the hurricane every day. I watched this documentary that gives some very striking visual images of the excruciatingly long building process: http://explore.org/explore/neworleans/films/49.
Obama Visits Cape Coast Castle In Ghana (VIDEO)

Obama Visits Cape Coast Castle In Ghana (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 13:51:09 in World

“I don't think that even President Obama's words can really portray the sheer emotion that being in a slave dungeon brings. nessy08, I would recommend taking a look at the below documentary about the Ghana Slave Dungeon:

http://explore.org/explore/africa/films/68

You're right, seeing the actual instruments of slavery brings a string physical feeling.”
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Honoring World Refugee Day

Commented Jun 19, 2009 at 19:51:16 in World

“Thank you for your service to the world's refugees. Because they have been displaced they need people like you to speak for them.

How can we control the anger within these communities and channel it to help create peace? Reaching refugee youth is really a key to avoiding some of the radicalization that happens within these displaced communities. If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend watching this short film on Palestinian refugee youth in Jordan and a theater program that offers an alternative to violence: http://explore.org/explore/middleeast/films/144

mommamia526 on Jun 20, 2009 at 14:48:57

“These people need to let go of their anger. It is waste of energy they should use to better their situation, to learn, to learn portable skills. Again, people are displaced all the time. Palestinians have had 60 years to get over their displacement, but they are holding on to it. The ME is a vast area. Those who are Arabs and muslims have many places where they could be integrated and resettled, and it is up to their own brothers and sisters to open their tents and let them in. But first of all these people must help themselves. I believe in Saudi Arabia there is already a bank which supplies microloans. That could be extended everywhere over the ME. There is tremendous wealth in the ME, concentrated in the hands of just a few families. They do not have to donate it, or give it away, they can use it to extend these microloans for people to start businesses and pay the loans back at a low interest. In Bangladesh people are displaced because of floods, yet they succeed exactly like this, and from the ground up. Laying blame does not help. And what to do if one can not lay blame? Should one be angry and resentful against God, if one is the victim of floods, and shoot kassams off skywards? It is not rational.”

ArabianMonkey on Jun 20, 2009 at 13:42:11

“This theatre program (The Freedom Theatre) which is featured in ur link is in Jenin, not Jordan. It was a program stated by Arna Mer Khamis - who was a remarkable political activist and human rights worker, skilled in special ed and art therapy. Arna died in 1995. Her son, Juliano Mer Khamis, made a beautiful must see film called ARNA'S CHILDREN - all details and many must know stories here: http://www.arna.info

As for programs in Jordan engaging youth from the fringes, Ruwwad http://ruwwad.net/ is one org that has been doing amazing work in Jabal Natheef in Amman, Jordan.”
Returning to Tiananmen Square

Returning to Tiananmen Square

Commented Jun 4, 2009 at 02:40:08 in World

“Mr. Widener,

Thank you for continuing to share your work and helping the world remember an anniversary that some are actively trying to erase. The juxtaposition between the raw emotion seen in your photos and the quiet, peaceful feel of Tiananmen Square of today ( http://www.explore.org/explore/china/films/18 ) is nothing if not unnerving.”