Cappuccino with Barzan: Friendship and Betrayal in Kurdistan

Around eleven o’clock every morning, Barzan would look through the door of my office and say “Come! Let’s have cappuccino!” I would look up at him and respond enthusiastically “Yes!” Five minutes later I would find myself seated at a chair by his desk, stirring a cup of instant cappuccino made in Turkey and readily … Continue reading Cappuccino with Barzan: Friendship and Betrayal in Kurdistan

Support Nurses in Kurdistan!

The University of Raparin  is a public university located in the city or Rania in Northern Iraq.  Media portrayals of Iraq paint a dangerous picture of a war torn area. In fact, the Kurdish region is a beautiful area that has worked hard, despite incredible challenges, to rebuild infrastructure and the health care system in … Continue reading Support Nurses in Kurdistan!

A Slice of Life in Charlestown – Volume 2: Death, Debts Forgiven, and Fitting Rooms

Two years ago today my father died. There are times in life where you remember exactly where you are at a pivotal moment. I was at work, chatting with my dear friend and colleague, Suzana. My dad had been declining and we knew the end of his life was drawing closer. Still, no matter how … Continue reading A Slice of Life in Charlestown – Volume 2: Death, Debts Forgiven, and Fitting Rooms