Disappointment & Confrontation

"I know you're very disappointed, Chelsey but I just don't feel comfortable going away and leaving your mother alone." "I know she's acting strange again but that's no reason for you to back out of our trip. You've been looking forward to it as much as I have." "Yes, I know and I'm sorry but …

Gina’s Plan

"They've been gone for a long time," Gina said. "Jealous?" Natalie asked, watching her closely. "Of course not!" Gina snapped. "Maybe, they're sitting down somewhere, talking. You don't expect them to be walking all this time, do you? Whenever Graham and I went to a park, we walked for a bit and then, we found …

Bree’s Prom Dilemma

I had shallow hopes of ever dating Danny, a boy I really liked when I was told that I had to wear glasses. Glasses. I felt as if my life was over. My world had turned upside down. I believed that boys seldom made passes at girls who wore glasses. I hated my glasses. I …

Tobias’ Quandary

Tobias was in the bedroom getting dressed when the doorbell rang. He finished tucking his shirt in his trousers before he left his bedroom and hurried to see who it was. He sighed when he saw that it was his next door neighbor, Puah. Puah was a high-school student who lived with her maternal grandmother. …

Farida’s Story

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles - Psalm 34:6, NKJV I was 13 when my parents married me off to a 36 year old rich Arab man.  He was the second man who wanted me to be his wife.  The other man was a neighbor …

In Sanaya’s Memory

It was love at first sight for me when I saw her walking towards me.  It was a blind date.  I don't usually go on blind dates, mind you, but for some inexplicable reason, I went on this one and man, was I glad I did. She had to be the most beautiful girl on …

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 …

Tall as the Baobab Tree

I learned about Tall as the Baobab Tree from Human Rights Watch.  This film is about a teenage girl who is determined to rescue her 11 year old sister from an arranged marriage.  Coumba and Debo, sisters who are the first from their family to attend school.  What will happen to Debo's education if she becomes …

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