Children’s Day: Celebrating Resilient Refugees

Caitlin Alaina - April 22, 2017

Sunday, April 23, Children’s Day in Turkey. “Marking the foundation of Parliament on April 23, 1920, during the Turkish War of Independence, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, named this day as Children’s Day to emphasize that children are the future of a nation.”  I’ve lived in Turkey for five years, and although I’m still perplexed at how many national holidays are …

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What the girl who left everything wants you to know

Caitlin Alaina - March 27, 2017

“There was no time to say goodbye or pack my favorite things. My dad came home and said we had to leave now to save our lives. So we left. We left everything.”  ———- I met my friend, Rahma when she was a student of mine last year. As I wrote about previously, the association I taught at partnered with the U.S. and Turkish embassies. Local refugees …

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Christmas and The Question, “Why?”

Caitlin Alaina - December 22, 2016

Thoughts on Christmas this year…and a peak at our Christmas Photos. “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, …

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Refugee Crisis: a real story behind the headlines

Caitlin Alaina - April 28, 2016

  BOKO HARAM KILLS 90 CIVILIANS AND WOUNDS 500 IN CAMAROON ATTACKS   US DECLARES ISLAMIC STATE IS COMMITTING GENOCIDE AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND OTHER MINORITIES, IN IRAQ AND SYRIA   THOUSANDS RISK LIVES CROSSING BORDERS TO FLEE CIVIL WAR   Prior to moving abroad five years ago, the news headlines about humanitarian devastation in overseas countries seemed so distant, so unreal. This year, those news …

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