WITNESS – A book that gives a voice to domestic violence survivors

In November 2016 my book WITNESS was published – self-published.  WITNESS recounts Sarah’s experience of living with a violent and abusive man in a relationship lasted 20 years.  I wrote this book to help give voice to the millions of women who have shared Sarah’s experience of marriage, and to picture for others the lived […]

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Part II – My life with FGM: Aisha’s story

This is part two of a blog series. If you have not read part one, please click here. The series is chronological and therefore reading them in order is integral. Imagine with me that you’re five years old again. What comes to mind? Who comes to mind? Every person reading this will have a unique […]

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I am Bosnian, I am Muslim and I am Proud

My family tree, friends and the generations of people before me is made up of those that have survived war, front lines, rape, execution, concentration camps, refugee camps and deportation.   My great grandfather was a survivor of Auschwitz. There is not much I know of his story, but what I do know is that […]

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The Path Towards Empowerment – Give a Heart to Africa

A rampant contemporary concern within our global society, which dangerously subjugates girls and women, is gender-based violence. When one contemplates gender-based violence, often what comes to mind are horrendous overt acts such as rape, intimate partner abuse, forced sterilization, female genital mutilation, child marriage, the trafficking of young girls and women into the sex slave […]

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Frozen: A recounting of abuse

It is standard that young girls are told not to walk alone at night. It is standard that women are taught basic self-defense against boys who might violate their bodies. It is standard that girls are expected to take safety precautions against boys, because boys are expected to hurt us emotionally and physically. No matter […]

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I am by a still pond

This short story, with a hint of magical realism, is about the author’s struggle to leave a destructive relationship. I am by a still pond. Rather I am lying by a still pond. The ground is moist and I am alone. The edge of the water is nearly kissing my cheek but I don’t care, […]

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My life with FGM: Aisha’s story

43 years ago, there was a girl born into this world under the heat of the Sudanese sun. She was born like most girls are born into this world – two arms, two legs, a healthy beating heart, and shrieking, reassuringly, when air first expanded her tiny lungs. This little girl’s mother must have frantically […]

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