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Lessons of the Bedouin

Over the weekend, I went with two other American volunteers to Wadi Rum and Wadi Musa (where the historical site Petra is located). If you ever go to Jordan, both of those are must-see areas – so beautiful you will … Continue reading

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Shhhh…. Don’t Say “AIDS”

There is a concept here in Jordan – like many places – that HIV/AIDS is only contracted through sexual contact. It is thought that people with HIV/AIDS must have it because they engaged in an encounter considered immoral by the … Continue reading

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Health is Culture

My first day at Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Friends of the Global Fund, executive director Rawan told me health is not just about your physical body. “Health is art,” she said. “Health is sports. Health is smiling. Healthy … Continue reading

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West Side (Amman) Story

Amman is divided into two areas – East and West. East Amman is described the same way Raytown is described (my apologies if you aren’t a KC-area reader — hopefully you can substitute your own local example!): lower income, family … Continue reading

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Airport Observations

It’s a strange feeling to be in a foreign place and know your nationality will be instantly recognized if you speak. As I’ve travelled through Toronto and London to Amman, I’ve noticed some other things that make my fellow Americans … Continue reading

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My Journey to Jordan

You could say my journey to Jordan started when I was seven years old, as a Girl Scout Brownie. Each troop in the district represented a different nation at the Southern California international fair, and my troop chose Jordan. After … Continue reading

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Akella

Yesterday was the last day of the Gulu seminar. The journalists there, mostly from the Acholi tribe, decided to give all three of us Acholi names. Steve’s new name is Komagum (ko-mah-goom), meaning Luck. Grace – who suggested the name … Continue reading

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