A Beauty Unknown: the Fame and Fate of the Fertile Crescent

by Loureen Ayyoub

  • Posted on December 7, 2015

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“Iraq?! What in God’s name could be good about going to Iraq!” These are the usual reactions we receive when sharing stories about work or service in the Middle East, especially Iraq. Or in my family’s perspective, “We did everything we could to leave the danger of that region, and somehow you feel compelled to…



Of War and Waiting

by Loureen Ayyoub

  • Posted on November 26, 2015

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Iraq

Uncertainty. They say it’s actually a beautiful thing. Beautiful because anything is possible. But when that anything could be a matter of life or death, dwelling in uncertainty isn’t always the most pleasant experience. Here we are. In the midst of the turmoil over oil, and other insignificant dividers. In the middle of the Middle…



“#SAVEOURGIRLS” Flickering Lights in ISIS darkness

by Jacqueline Isaac

  • Posted on November 20, 2015

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The infamous hashtag, #SaveOurGirls, tweeted by United States First Lady made international headlines and started a world-wide campaign to save 300 girls from Boko Haram. Yet, after one year of beheadings by ISIS on world-wide headlines, did we think to ask of the whereabouts of the 4,000 girls still in their captivity? Or did we…



A Side of Explosives with my Tea

by Loureen Ayyoub

  • Posted on November 18, 2015

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We arrived in Lebanon one day after the tragic suicide bombing struck the South of Beirut. We had a long journey ahead of us and could not let the news of one attack stop us from the many positive experiences that were about to unfold. Anticipating the upcoming honor of holding a constitutional workshop in…