Daily Archives: May 22, 2014

Neil Gaiman Visits Syrian Refugees In Jordan

War ravages Syria for a fourth year.  People are forced to flee the country at an estimated rate of three people escaping Syria every minute.  At this rate, the newly opened Azraq refugee camp is expected to reach capacity quickly .  Azraq opened two weeks ago after the Za’atari camp was full.  An estimated 100,000 people live in Za’atari.

Neil Gaiman visited the camp with UNHCR to spend time with Syrian refugees as they checked in and got established. Along with Georgina Chapman, Neil is gathering stories, photos and video for a project designed to

“build a bridge of empathy and understanding between refugee and non-refugee communities”. Neil & Georgina’s Journey, donate.unhcr.org/neilandgeorgina

You can find more information on the UNHRC site and listen to Neil Gaiman’s interview with BBC World Service Radio.

Neil’s wife, Amanda Palmer, shared the link to the interview on Facebook, and Neil shared the link to a BuzzFeed article. In his post, he explained that, in his picture, his eyes were red and puffy from crying. He’d just finished meeting an 11-year-old girl who lost her jaw in a mortar attack.

My heart aches for all of them.  While many of us “know” the refugees are escaping because it has become unbearable, it is hard to truly understand what unbearable means.  Listening to Gaiman tell the stories of a family he met brought the situation for these people into clearer focus for me.  My heart aches.

 

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Something I Needed to Hear…Again

I was watching the Graham Norton show recently and Seth Rogan was on. Did you know he finished the first draft of Superbad when he was 14? Neither did I, it took 10 years to get made, but even then Seth was 24. Hearing that was a bit, well, depressing. It made me feel like I was running out of time. In a society obsessed with youth, being in your thirties without accomplishing something “grand” can lead to thoughts of failure.

But it isn’t true! This video served as the kick in the pants I needed. Look at all the amazing things people have done. All of these are reminders, there’s still time. Don’t waste it, take chances, pursue your dreams, and live!
‘Til next time,
Jessica


Get Wordy With Me

Get Wordy With Me

Have you experienced this feeling? Well, I sure have. As a matter of fact…yep. Heart beating a little fast, jumpy with excitement, a little nervous…oh yeah, I’ve got all that going on right now. Boston, here we come!
‘Til next time,
Jessica
P.S. Did I mention I was going to Boston? I’m coming to Boston!

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