It Is the Same Sunset

Published Avatar Mr., Ala Oueslati

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Ala Oueslati
Member since April 10, 2015
  • 5 Posts
  • Age 23

I had to put my camera down and surrender to the scene, my toes digging into the sandy dirt, saltwater splashing at my ankles, my eyes burning because of the warm salty breezes and the lack of sleep. I enjoyed standing there. I enjoyed squinting towards the horizon, which at that moment was a chain of mountains and hills on which I could see some white-washed buildings. I couldn’t tell if the Israeli side was prettier than the Jordanian’s, but all I could tell was that both s...

A Step Out of a Comfort Zone

Published Avatar Elizabeth VOY

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Member since April 12, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 24

One of the proposed challenges of the Voices of Youth Blogging Internship was to attend a local event, blog about it and share my ideas. Well… check, I did it! I went to a local event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Newcastle in 1967. It was facilitated by Journey to Justice, a voluntary organisation that honours the ongoing struggle for human rights. Through arts, culture and education they aim to inspire people and encourage those to take action for social just...

The Hidden Power in the People’s Voice

Published Avatar Biotechnology student at Costa Rica Institute of Technology, David Molina Shvidchenco

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David Molina Shvidchenco
Member since March 24, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 19

Tigers have a privileged status in Asian cultures. They are portrayed in paintings, sculpted in statues, and there are even stories about them. Most of them live in captivity to avoid their extinction, but it was not always like that - there was a time in which they lived freely in the jungle, hunting wild pigs to survive. Looking at these tigers it’s interesting how quickly their situation changed and South Korea, one of the four Asian tigers, is no exception. Many of us whe...


Published Avatar student, Utsah

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Member since April 10, 2015
  • 4 Posts
  • Age 20

It was a cold Saturday morning. The preceding days of rain gave the morning an unusual, sharp chill. I was on my bed when the tremor started. There had been a few short shakes after the 2011 earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale. I thought it was one of those and lay calm on my bed. But this time the quake did not stop, on the contrary, it got stronger. Soon I found myself rushing under the door frame of my room (back in 2011, I had learnt that this was on...

Someone Has to Say It Part 2: The Evolution of Love

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Member since April 12, 2015
  • 5 Posts
  • Age 22

Have you ever really thought about it? Love and the diaspora. Growing up, I was always told that I had to obtain my basic education before having a romantic relationship. By the time I finished primary school, the phrase: Books before boys because boys bring babies was ingrained in my brain. I was terrified about bringing my mother a baby instead of a degree. In 2012, I left the African continent for the American one. My flight went from Botswana to South Africa, took me all the...

The Invention Of Creativity

Published Avatar Winifred Ahupa

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Member since April 10, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 23

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. — Mary Lou Cook How often do we break out from the norm? Try out new things? Dip our feet in untouched waters, doing uncommon stuff, like students going to class without shoes just for the fun of it? Or going to the gym in a nice suit and workout hard until you begin to feel your muscles make some noise? OR better still, when people call you with a wrong number, t...

A Young Book Review

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Itumeleng Mphure
Member since April 10, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 24

In 2014 I made a decision to only read books written by African authors. The decision came about when I read two books. The first is "People of The Dew" which is about Africa's richest tribe, the “Royal Bafokeng Nation”, who are a Setswana tribe from Rustenburg, South Africa. The book is a historic account of the tribe dating back from the 1700s to the 2000s. The Bafokeng tribe is the richest tribe because their land is on South Africa's platinum belt. The tribe literally posit...

10 Lessons I Learned from Amy Poehler's "Yes Please"

Published Avatar Courtney Young

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Member since April 9, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 24

Amy Poehler is one badass woman. She is a comedian and actress, best known for her time on Saturday Night Live and as the lead in Parks and Recreation. She is also a writer, director, producer, mother and a woman dedicated to making young girls’ lives a little bit better. This week I finally got my hands on her new memoir/autobiography “Yes Please.” These are the top 10 pieces of advice I got from Amy’s FANTASTIC accounts of her life. On Life: 1. Sleep helps you...

A Letter to Social Media Abusers

Published Avatar Mr, Gerald

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Member since April 13, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 23

Dear Friends, Hope this letter meets you healthy and happy. I am inspired to write today about our misuse of social media, which I am not happy about. Some will agree with me and some won’t. But it’s normal to have disagreement sometimes in life. However, I hope you take these words in good faith and not as the beginning of a war. I created a Facebook account in July 2009. That day was the first time I had chatted with a cousin who I had never met or spoken with. She wa...

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