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The colour of my skin,Didn’t matter to me,‘Coz when I was born,I was colour free! Then eventually,The colour of my skin,began to take shapeand come into being,It crawled into,the definition of my beauty,Unwelcomed, unplanned,It became part of my identity! There were some people,Who liked and disliked me,For the colour of my skin,The 'inner me', failing to see!They said, ‘coz I was dark,I wasn’t pretty,Little did they knew,I was way too witty...!I continued to rise above,The colour of my skin,Not letting it bother,The young woman within! Just when I thought,I had conquered,The colour of my skin,Another place, I entered.A nation, that thrivedOn its diversity,But undermin...
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  April 22, 2017, 9:52 pm
I am the little girl,who was told,She was silver,and her brother was gold.I am also the girl,who let her silverbe carved and polished,and look she too does shimmer!I am the young woman,who couldn't follow her heart,because she was a womanand wasn't as smart.I am also her,who didn't stop dreaming,Created her own world,and continued devising.I am the woman,who was exploitedby the one she loved'coz she was taken for granted.I am also the woman,who fought a good fight,to protect her dignity,and made things right!I am the assistant,who was paid less with money,but lots with complements,Did her work get appreciation any?I am also the assistant,who left the job one day,not because sh...
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Tag :Indian Woman
  April 18, 2017, 8:26 pm
Right from my childhood, I was led to believe that I was a outspoken and argumentative little girl. I was instructed many times to learn to behave like other girls who focused on studying and taking care of the household. But I was busy being myself, wondering why things were as they were. As a little girl I would wonder if I was being treated equally as my brother. If not, why? If I was expected to cook 'roti', Indian bread, and my brother was not, I would fight and sulk. My innocent mind, without reading Paulo Friere or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, aspired for equality. Teenage followed by that childhood wasn't easy either. I remained w...
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Tag :Sisters
  February 4, 2017, 4:08 am
Dear President Trump,Hope you are feeling good with all the work you accomplished during your first week. No matter what my friends say, your focus and ability to get things done is impressive! I also think your motivation for doing what you are doing is good too, you want to keep our country safe, bring back jobs and keep the danger away from our homeland. Sir, while you’re trying to honour most of the promises you made during the campaign, you might be falling short on one big one. Didn’t you want to make America great again? I am not sure how by limiting America’s role on the international forum, you will make America great. I am not sure how by restricting America’s gen...
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Tag :LettertoPresidentTrump
  January 29, 2017, 7:50 pm
Yesterday, my husband and I had the honour to participate in the Women’s March in Washington DC. My goal was two-fold, first to support my sisters from all the over the world and secondly to remind our new president about the need and value of inclusion, equality and equity. It is never too late start afresh and he too can genuinely be the president of all Americans, if he really tries.It is critical for those who are angry and/or fearful to have a voice and the chance to express it peacefully. This march helped magnify their voice beautifully and it is being heard around the world! So many women, including me, are on fire! We need to keep at it and keep at it together! Because while we mi...
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Tag :Women’s March
  January 23, 2017, 6:44 am
I am neither meek nor weak,I might look like it but I am not,I am stronger than you think,I have struggled more than you can imagine!If I bared the scars on my life,You will not be able to count them.I have won more fights thanWhat I have led you to believe.Yes, I do not fight every fight,Because I have learned what's worth fighting for!The pace of my walk might seem slower,But the determination in each step is unbeatable!The lines on my face do not sufficiently reflect,The roads and distance I have travelled so far...I have stumbled and fallen many times,But every time He raised me up,Raised me to conquer more ground,Win more hearts!My experiences have taught me,Putting others first re...
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  October 25, 2016, 6:07 am
It feels like the world collectively is going through a dark night, where millions of children and their families are suffering not only the pain of leaving their homes, lack of food and security, injuries and deaths of dear ones but also rejection, humiliation, and discrimination. All of these people bring desires, aspirations, capabilities and determination to contribute to the societies they are passing through and will settle in one day. Millions, on the other hand, in the receiving countries live everyday in fear, anger and frustration. Sometimes, their fears are realistic and sometimes they are exaggerated and exploited by the rhetoric of few. But is suffering for one group and fear fo...
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Tag :#Refugees
  September 9, 2016, 5:56 pm
In July, I visited Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city in Northern Africa by Moroccan border as part of my professional work. We were there facilitate training to better prepare their local people on how to provide appropriate psychosocial support to migrant and refugee children in Melilla. Almost all of the incoming children see Melilla as a stepping stone to move on to Europe. However, in most cases, these children are held in Melilla with little to no resources in the name of ‘protection’. I saw children stuck in Melilla not only physically but also psychologically and socially. These children leave their homes, their mothers and fathers, their friends, the world they grew in and the ...
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Tag :Children on the Move
  August 19, 2016, 9:04 pm
This is a poetic petition to the youth around the world who is picking up guns in the name of God and is giving up their own lives to fulfill the agenda of those who sit in their safe sanctuaries. These young lives belong to a variety of backgrounds and they are being misled in the name of Allah, the most merciful. It is absolutely unacceptable! The internet is full of information on this recruitment process and the consequences. Here's one news story:http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/19/middleeast/isis-child-soldiers/. People have picked up arms in almost all religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and even Buddhism. However, never before young lives were targeted the way they are...
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Tag :Extremism
  August 12, 2016, 6:19 pm
How can I question my brother,when I have not yet met the demand?How can I eschew an ideathat I don't even fully understand?How can I not love,if this is the supreme command?How can I not forgive,if that is the way most grand!How can I not help,when capable is my hand?How can I just sit back,when the hour is at hand?How can I contain it within,when love seeks to moisten the entire land?How can I remain at the oasis,When my calling is out in the sand?How can I look away,when their plight I comprehend?How can I return hate for hate,when love is all I tend?...
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  June 6, 2016, 3:56 am
I started writing this poem a few months back. I wasn't sure why was I thinking about my death. After a lot of reflection, I asked my husband, a fellow Red Crosser, the same question. He replied, "Maybe because you're thinking of transitioning from the Red Cross, an organisation that you love and worked for most of your professional life". I had no clue that the thought of leaving the Red Cross could have such a powerful mpact on me.Since I started with the Red Cross, I worked in many different positions and several different countries. I began as a nobody, I leave as an internationally known name and with a knowledge that it is a long way before I arrive. Whatever I am as a professional, I ...
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  May 19, 2016, 5:39 pm
I am a person of my own,I tried to meet social expectationsbut couldn't fit in any frame.It wasn't my fault.It was my hairthat billowed with the breezeand altered the set style.It was my armthat went upwhen heard the calland fell out of place.It was my legthat hurt just layingin the old structureand unfurled breaking it.It was my mindthat couldn't tolerate,the stink of stale ideasand rolled out of the shell.It was my visionthat responded to new experiencesand expanded out of the blinkers.It was my colourful heritagethat couldn't standstillwithin one vapid doctrine.It was my polyglot heartthat empathised with the strangersand repeatedly jumped out of the lane!And because of the mystery of lov...
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  April 24, 2016, 6:44 pm
Can women of Syria and Iraq contextualise this victory of peace in their region? How can we take this example there and inspire them to write their own story of victory over war? C...
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  March 18, 2016, 11:36 pm
Sharing with you part of a conversation that took place on my Facebook page recently. I shared the photo below on my page just to remind people that Islam is not about terrorism but it's mostly about peace. I am aware of the verses in Quran that may allude to violence but there are similar verses in the Bible and other holy books. Yes, most violence in today's world might be coming from people that have some sort of association with Islam but we know during the crusades, Christians committed some horrific crimes against humanity as well. The point is no matter what religion one belongs to, lust for power makes one commit atrocities and there have been different phases and places where follow...
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  March 17, 2016, 8:35 pm
I wanted to become many things,I wanted to perform using various forms,I wanted to become other people,But I am on my way to become myself...To be who I am, I must know who I am,What are my own beliefs,How have they evolved,And where are they going?Where am I going with them?Is it to heaven through the church?Is it to the hearts of people,through good deeds?Is it to peace of mind,through reflection and silence?Where do I want to go anyways?Terminus is importantand so is the journey!Everyday, every interaction,and every momentis magical!The magic of smiles,insights, discernment,and sharing is whatI want to embrace!I know I belongto the destinationthese milestones will lead me to!And on this p...
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Tag :poem
  January 9, 2016, 8:11 am
The International Organisation for Migration reported total number of migrants who have come to Europe through land and sea reached over a million in 2015. UN Refugee Agency and International Committee of Red Cross share, amongst others, first hand accounts of the suffering of the refugees. No one wants to leave the comfort of their home to be in the streets with their children in harsh conditions only to be doubted by the host communities unless that seems to be the only option to survive. And yet there are those who are adamant to promote a hateful rhetoric regarding these refugees. And the unfortunate part is the simple people, who usually are the ones ready to help, are fo...
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  December 24, 2015, 6:18 am
When you gobeyond one place,you find another place,different than what you first knew!When you gobeyond your fear,you find courage,which was always there within you!When you gobeyond your sadness,you find laughter,which infects others too!When you gobeyond the doubt,you find certainty,with confidence, it fills you!When you gobeyond worthlessness,you find a purpose,which begins your journey anew! When you go beyond rejection,you find acceptance,most importantly, in your own view!When you gobeyond failures,you find success,all you need is a change in the purview! When you gobeyond the rock,you find a way to flowno matter around it, over it or cut it through! When you g...
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  October 24, 2015, 8:21 pm
The missionary of mercy is here in the US. People from all religious backgrounds are appreciative of what he says and yet people from all religious backgrounds question what he says! There are people who see God in him and there are people who think he is the holder of 666, which is a sign of satan according to Holy Bible. He does not hesitate in expressing his genuine opinions on the most contentious issues and still challenges everybody to look at the common good among all the disagreements. He urges us to be true to our conscience. He reminds us serving the poor and oppressed is serving God. He requests us to pray for him. His message is simple and if heeded can change the world!If y...
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Tag :Love
  September 27, 2015, 7:39 am
Human beings are enduring pain and suffering because of fellow human beings in Syria for over four years. The irony is nobody seems to be winning. My question is what is President Assad winning at the cost of his people loosing their homes, their lives, their dear ones and in many cases their dignity. Mr. President, are you happier, richer, or stronger? My guess is no, right? Whether you share it openly or not, you might be a bit more fearful of loosing power, ashamed of what has become of your country, worried about your legacy, and most of all contemplative of how you're going face Allah at the end of all this. Instead of continuing things the way they are, you have the opportunity to turn...
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Tag :President Assad's Birthday
  September 11, 2015, 9:32 pm
If he can do, we can do it too! A video from CBS News, enjoy and be inspired!...
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  August 13, 2015, 2:13 am
God is certainly too greatto be comprehended,His mysteries,Are too splendid.I know this much though,He is love,And His love is limitless,And it overflows.Love that bringsA new morning everyday,Love that carves out,New doors in our way.Love that is for all,No matter who,No matter how they look,No matter what they do.Love that cuts throughall that is superficial,Love that looks,rights inside the soul.Love that waits for us,to claim it,Embrace it, live it,With others share it.Because it is helpless,If not put into action,When we give way to hatred,It looses its traction.Let's not waste time,In pointing fingers,Because even the multitude of sinsSincere love covers.If we genuinely love God,Let's ...
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Tag :Love
  June 29, 2015, 5:36 am
By Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz, PhDIntroductionAs the aftershocks continue in Nepal, humanitarian assistance has been steadily on-going. From Nepal Government Reports, UN reports, NGO’s and the Red Cross appeals all posted on internet or circulated through news reports and the social media. Thee reader can surmise two points: (1) The Nepal earthquake and the sequel have had devastating social, psycho-social, medical, and public health consequences. (2) The community mobilization activities among the directly and indirectly affected people have not sufficiently explored the growing needs for getting back to a normal pre-disaster life. We have not heard whether community mobilization, past the im...
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Tag :Nepal Earthquake
  May 29, 2015, 12:27 am
How much time do we spend on criticizing others or complaining about life, quite a bit right? At least, I often forget to introspect and talk bad about people's back or whine, while I could use that time to do something meaningful and constructive. I wonder how many people waste their time like I do. I believe this is the time to reflect and take positive actions to make a difference in lives of our friends, family and  community! First we need to look within ourselves, do we have the capacity to make a difference?Let me look within me,Have I received the grace? If I have it within me,Do I have enough to share?Let me look within me,Is there a lamp burning?If the light is shining,Ot...
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  February 27, 2015, 1:09 am
It is better to improve ourselves than to put our energy in improving others because most of it might get wasted. This is not only the case with adults but also with children. Children are more likely to be better human beings if they have good role models rather than a bunch of great instructions but no example to follow.So, how do we improve? There is no one answer for all. One has to reflect and introspect to find answers for their own-self. I can talk about myself. I need to find all the places where I am wrong or need correction. However, just looking at negatives is not helpful. I must also focus on my strengths and positive qualities. Then I need to find ways to reduce the negatives a...
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  February 20, 2015, 6:06 pm
In the middle of the rhetoric from all sides, don't forget to centre yourself and breath in peace! Close your eyes, see the world around you from the bird's eye view. Pull yourself out before the negativity of a situation pulls you in. Be true to yourself. No religion is greater than love and peace. No political party is higher than peace and love. If a job brings in big amounts of money and takes away your peace and robs you of love, it is worthless.Hold on to peace, love your dear ones while you still can. Inhale peace, exhale love! ...
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  February 6, 2015, 6:20 pm
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