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Creating a Third Choice

Sihem HabchiIt all started with a nation wide march across 23 cities, in 2002- in response to an epidemic of violent crimes against young Muslim women that were perpetrated by Muslim male gangs in the infamous Parisian suburbs called Cites- low cost housing projects.(Pronounced See-tay).
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A question of choice: Wanda’s story

As I arrive in Poland, the temperature is one degree and dropping. I feel I’m turning blue and I could swear my backpack was several kilos lighter in the morning. The thirty-minute walk to my hostel feels never ending.
I trek up the winding staircase and I’m greeted by three beautiful smiling faces at the reception — one grabs my backpack, another girl takes my coat and the third offers to bring me a cup of tea.
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Dinh Phuong’s Story

She’s 27, she’s a new mother and in another life she could be a dirt bike champion!

But in this life, she’s a bright young girl, who works with the impoverished rice farmers in rural Vietnam. Performing a pivotal role in changing the fortune of a tiny community.

I met Dinh Phuong when I arrived at the Xuan Thuy National Park in Nam Dinh District in Vietnam. The journey there tested my will and intent more than any other incident in my trip so far.
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Soraida’s Story (Video)

She keeps very poor health. Her doctors recently informed her that apart from all her other problems, she also has Multiple Sclerosis.

But, the woman I met seemed anything but unwell or inflicted with a painful disease. She greeted me with the cheeriest ‘hello’! Her eyes were bright and she seemed genuinely glad to meet me.

A tragic childhood incident triggered her life long concern and dedication for these gorgeous animals. Soraida Salwala was traveling with her father and happened to cross a large Elephant breathing its last after being hit by a truck. She asked her father, what had happened to the ‘Uncle Elephant’ and why couldn’t they take it to the hospital- a place Soraida knew well, as a sickly child.
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Pimm’s Story

Pimm is a year older than me. Her parents are farmers and she is a Sex Worker in Chiang Mai.

From the first moment I saw her, she stood out.

She is the undisputed leader of the clan. She moves ahead of everyone, organizes everything and even sits in the front of the Jeepny as all of us huddle in the back.

She stands with her shoulders back and looks you straight in the eyes when she talks. Even with her broken English, she minces no words.
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