Abuja, the Lake & the Girl

She stood by the tree, watching him as he walked along the wooden plank above the lake. He was half naked and bare feet, wearing only swimming trunks. He had a very nice physique. She had never seen him before and she had been coming to this lake for a while now. Was he a …

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Sarika Attends Saanvi’s Dinner Party Alone

Sarika walked in, feeling self-conscious. She was tempted to turn around and leave. If only Trishan could have come with her but he had to work late. He encouraged her to go to the dinner party. "You know that Saanvi will be disappointed if you don't go," he told her. Saanvi was her cousin. "Here …

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Father Desjardin’s Invitation

It was another beautiful day and was out for a walk. She wished she could stay out there in the sunshine all day long. However, she had to return home and was pleasantly surprised to find Father Desjardins there. He was visiting her grandmother. They were in the living-room having tea. He rose to his …

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Why Called Easter?

It was Easter Sunday evening and Father Desjardins was having dinner with Ede and her grandmother. They had attended Mass in the morning and had invited him to have lunch with them but he had already accepted another family's invitation so they invited him to have dinner instead which he readily accepted. It gave Ede …

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You Matter

All my life I saw myself the way others did.  I was insignificant.  I didn’t matter.  I was unloved.  I was neglected, ignored, mistreated and devalued.  Why?  I was a girl.  In some cultures, being a girl was an undesirable thing.  People didn’t want daughters.  They wanted sons.  My parents were no different.  When I …

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Toshiro Returns to Tokyo

Toshiro was back in Tokyo.  He returned two weeks ago.  It was hard being away from Kampala.  All he could think about was Ife and how much he missed being with her.  All along he knew that what he had been doing was wrong but he couldn't help himself.  He wanted Ife so much.  She …

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Asya Speaks Out

The magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains and surrounding beautiful landscape which usually filled Asya with peace failed to do so this morning.   There was political uncertainty in Sweden as the anti-immigrant party made historic gains in Sunday's election.  There was talk of refugees and immigrants being sent back to their countries by those who …

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World Water Day

Imagine this is your daughter fetching water in the container on top of her head.  It's heavy and who knows how long she had to travel to find it.  This is the reality of girls in Africa and Asia. Today is World Water Day and this year's theme is:  Nature for Water – exploring nature-based …

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The Presentation

They met when she was invited by a student to give a presentation on why it was important for women and girls to be educated in countries where they are marginalized and have little or no access to education.  This was her first presentation as an advocate for the rights of women and girls to …

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Depression

Depression: Let's talk This month, WHO launched a one-year campaign Depression: let’s talk. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help. Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. It causes mental anguish and affects people’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships …

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