Greetings from Burma

Greetings from Burma

Jul 29, 2013

I’m back from Burma… It’s been a long time… Since blogging last, I traveled to Libya 5 times (!?), many of those visits involved assisting with trauma & education training efforts.. there were also trips to Tunis, Doha, Bangkok, Miami, and, Madrid (!). But back to Burma: for a while now, my body, mind and ...

Some photos from Misrata… stories to follow.
The Boat to Misrata (Libya): Men’s quarters vs. Women’s quarters
In Libya

The Boat to Misrata (Libya): Men’s quarters vs. Women’s quarters

Aug 4, 2011

Where approximately 2-300 women and children sleep (some dads too): & how the rebel fighters get on sleeping on the rooftop of the boat: After experiencing both, I’ll stick with the rebels. They’re actually quieter.

Why I had to visit Misrata (Libya).

Why I had to visit Misrata (Libya).

Aug 4, 2011

I had no intention of coming to Libya, more less Misrata, a place I followed in the news nearly all of April and May. I associated Misrata with vicious street battles, journalist’s deaths, and an apocalyptic downtown. But after becoming friends with so many Misratans in the hospital in Tunis I began to associate it ...

Greetings from Benghazi, Libya
In Libya

Greetings from Benghazi, Libya

Jul 27, 2011

Hi from Benghazi Libya… flew here from Tunis early yesterday morning after the Sfax, Tunisia – Misrata boat hit a snag. My place on last thursday’s boat was sabotaged by over-protective Libyan friends, but it was a blessing in disguise. The boat left 3 days after schedule. Many of the injured, and even a dead ...

Just another day in Cairo…

Just another day in Cairo…

Jul 24, 2011

Nearly 4 weeks ago I returned to Cairo for a visit. It was just a normal Tuesday. The biggest event happening was a Tweet-Up party with NPR’s Andy Carvin (wonderful to meet him in person, BTW… he’s a down-to-earth, thoughtful, personable guy). After the Tweet-Up my friend Ghazala & I went back to her apartment ...

12 Hours in Beirut.
Back in Tunis… soon to Misrata.

Back in Tunis… soon to Misrata.

Jul 24, 2011

I’m back in Tunis! Just in time. There were new calls for revival of Tunisia’s revolution — similar to the calls made in Cairo (Egypt makes the news much more than Tunisia for some reason). Both kicked out their dictator’s relatively quickly, and since then, both movements are not happy that genuine change is taking ...

The Spiritual Center of the Yazidi: Lalish, Iraq
In Iraq

The Spiritual Center of the Yazidi: Lalish, Iraq

Jul 17, 2011

I finally blogged (in brief) about my visit to Iraq, in case you are curious. Difficult to put so many intense & moving emotions, stories and experiences into words, especially a few days after the fact — but I gave it my best shot. Getting to Lalish was not easy. Mainly because I had to ...

Erbil… AKA Iraq’s Sausage Factory.
In Iraq

Erbil… AKA Iraq’s Sausage Factory.

Jul 17, 2011

Erbil is the shining capital of Kurdish Iraq; the place many dub the “next Dubai.” That’s a bit of a stretch, as Erbil will always be synonymous with a Sausage Factory to me. It is one of the most prosperous and safe cities in Iraq, as well as being the oldest continuously inhabited city in ...

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