Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Awakened

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Awakened.

Awakened

Don’t put me in a cage again

Let me fly again to my world
Where I can find peace, happiness, and love

Don’t put me in a cage again

I have a hope, I have a dream
Let me reach my goal
Don’t make my life useless

Don’t put me in a cage again

I am silent, not weak
Let me speak
I am the voice of my land, I am the dream of my land
Let me change my future
Let me live my life

Don’t put me in a cage again

Give me my pen and my book
I will write my pain and read it to the world
And tell them that I hunger for peace, happiness, and love in my land

Don’t put me in a cage again!

By Shogofa

Germans Try Integrating with Turkish Migrant Population – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germans Try Integrating with Turkish Migrant Population – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Olaf Zimmermann, managing director of the Arts Council of Germany, believes that the debate about the integration of guest workers is outdated. “That issue is a thing of the past. Historically, Germany and Turkey have a lot in common,” he told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “Turkey is the most important bridge we have to the Islamic world and we should have the courage to cross it.”

For Zimmerman, culture and language are the most direct ways for Germans to connect with the Turkish migrant population. “Germans should learn Turkish,” he says. “The very best way to lessen a divide is to learn about the culture of others, and that includes their language.” He adds: “In my opinion, educators should have a basic knowledge of Turkish.”

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, on a Seattle Parking Garage — City Farmer News

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, on a Seattle Parking Garage — City Farmer News.

“As far as we can tell it’s the first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop” in the country, says Eric Higbee, a landscape architect working on the project. This project, dubbed the UpGarden, will have space for about 120 gardeners. There are a few rooftop farms, such as Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn. But a commercial operation like that runs around $10 per square foot to construct, while the UpGarden has shoestring budget of $4 per square foot—and it’s designed to be built and maintained almost entirely by volunteers.

El Salvador: Documentary Planned on Women of the Civil War · Global Voices

El Salvador: Documentary Planned on Women of the Civil War · Global Voices.

A crowdfunding campaign for Women of the War aims to bring the stories of the women who took part of the Salvadorean Civil War (1980–1992) and who are now leading their communities for peace, equality and justice.

Through IndieGoGoLyn McCracken and Theodora Simon are raising part of the funds needed to make Women of the War, a full length documentary featuring the stories of 28 different women, publish a photo essay book and hold photography exhibits in El Salvador and the USA. So far, they’ve raised $4,000 of their $12,000 goal for that particular site and more than a month remains for people to make their donations.

The teaser video shows a sample of a couple of women telling their stories of survival and active engagement in the Civil War