Syrian Revolution: From Pre-civil war to Post-Assad

Published Avatar ZeynebChughtai , Student

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Member since September 8, 2015
  • 3 Posts
  • Age 20

Syria is an overpopulated country with a population of nearly 24 million. Before history was written, Syria has fought with Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Mongols, Turks, British, French, etc. Syria was the center of the Muslim Empire in the 7th and 8th centuries A.D. during the Umayyad Calipate. In 1958 one powerful force, the army leadership, threw the country into the arms of one leader they trusted and admired, President of Egypt, Gamal Abdal Naseer. Syrians thought that Egypt co...

The Ghaf- Evergreen tree of the deserts of Abu Dhabi

Published no picture Nasrin Sakkir , Student

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Nasrin Sakkir
Member since September 10, 2015
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  • Age 14

Ghaf trees (Prosopis cineraria) of UAE are considered as the National tree of UAE. In Abu Dhabi they are seen in the north eastern part of the Emirate. They are the largest trees in the sand sheets and dunes which depend on ground water for its survival. They have striated trunk, bipinnate leaves and have small thorns at the younger stage. The flowers are yellow and fruit is a pod which encloses several seeds. The ghaf trees are a part of tradition and culture of UAE. The leave...

Refugees in thier own country, the future of Sierre Leone is at risk

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Member since March 17, 2015
  • 47 Posts
  • Age 21

When the Ebola virus hit my country Sierra Leone, thousands of lives were lost, the country came to a standstill, infrastructure, education, and economy all feeling the impact. Being forced to stay at home for long periods of time led to an increase in the school dropout rate and also increased the numbers of teenage pregnancies. On top of all of this we have been struck by another disaster: flooding. It rained so heavily on Wednesday 16th September 2015 that almost the entire city...

Refugees' Fight for Quality Education

Published no picture Miranda Wolford , Student Ambassador

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Miranda Wolford
Member since September 29, 2015
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“Do not forget us,” the principal and students of the junior college pleaded to our group of international volunteers. Situated on the Thai-Burma border, the junior college at the Mae Ra Moe Luang refugee camp serves to provide a quality education to children who have come from all over Southeast Asia to escape hardship and conflict. With special permission, my peers and I were able to live among the resident students at the refugee camp in order to promote cultural interac...

We The People Poem

Published no picture Gigi Manukyan , CLU Student

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Gigi Manukyan
Member since September 23, 2015
  • 2 Posts

Martin Luther King once said, “Darkness does NOT drive out darkness; only light can.” Then why do we choose to hide behind the shields of a bullet? That hate does Not drive out hate; only love can. Yet we spit on those who are different. Why do we only seek change in times of destruction? We pray for peace, but advocate war. We ask for justice, but live unjustly. We beg for forgiveness, but never forgive. We pity ourselves and turmoil in self-destruction, ye...

Child Abuse: Dark Reality

Published no picture Hassan Chattha

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Member since September 14, 2015
  • 1 Post
  • Age 19

“God weeps” at the sexual abuse of children said the pope Francis on the last day of his visit to US. His remarks can be seen as a ray of light on not so openly discussed topic either because of the stigma attached to it or probably our lacking to understand it. His remarks come at a point when world leaders are attending UN general meeting in New York. But have they like pope understand the devastating nature of this social ailment or are they too making a better world for the...

Every Child Deserves Better

Published no picture Angel Betronio

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Member since September 29, 2015
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Being a Filipino and living in the Philippines has its perks. The warm and friendly people, the beautiful beaches, hiking trails, diving spots, etc. that being said we also have our downs, one of the most prominent problem in my country is poverty. We have the resources that enable us put food on the table but most of our farmers are drowning in a sea of debt. I am from the province of Bukidnon where the main source of income of the people is through agriculture. Yet most of the...

The Dream of Having Dreams

Published Avatar Imen Al-Nighaoui

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Member since January 8, 2013
  • 19 Posts
  • Age 25

Far beyond expectations; sometimes things are not as we see them. Here; where I live; women are strongly different. We do go to schools and we do drive our own cars. We are allowed to choose our own path and we do not get married at a young age. Technically girls in my country have the highest rate of success in school. Things are not that perfect; though. We still face some kind of sexism when it comes to finding jobs or doing interviews. We are still actually subjected to sexual...

Flooding Calamity upon Ebola Catastrophe in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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  • 47 Posts
  • Age 21

In midst of fighting the deadly Ebola virus, our city of Freetown, experienced exceptionally heavy rain on 16th September 2015, which caused the worst flooding in history of Sierra Leone. The calamity left 7 confirmed dead and almost 60% of the city roads were flooded. Over 100 houses were destroyed, vehicles were submerged in water and properties worth millions of Leones have been damaged. All at the same time as the remaining positive cases of Ebola are still knocking at our door...

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