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I lived in Pakistan

I lived in Pakistan for some time and while I was there, my family and I had a nanny from Sri Lanka that would help with cooking and minding the kids. Her name was Rita and she was like a grandmother to them. Unfortunately she had a tragic past. When[…]

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I lived in Pakistan

It feels good to give

I just bought myself a new TV and was in the process of selling my old one, my Xbox console and games – when I realised something. I have a steady job, a good income and am not desperate for the money I could get for selling them. I am[…]

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It feels good to give

find a Norwegian husband

It is a little ironic, but I went to America to find a Norwegian husband. There is an organisation called Sons of Norway and back then, they had many events where ex pats would get together in New York. We met indirectly through that and in the beginning we were[…]

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find a Norwegian husband

Troubles growing up

I grew up with an uneasy feeling every time my father was at home. It was never a happy atmosphere when he was there. He pretty much had nothing to do with us kids and when he did, he was usually off drinking. One good memory I have of him[…]

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Troubles growing up

breast cancer

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Prior to surgery, the doctors were not entirely sure how much it had spread. On the day of my surgery, the surgeon told me that if it was a quick operation, then everything should be ok. However if it was a long[…]

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breast cancer

Ironman triathlon

The Ironman triathlon was started 36 years ago by a few Navy SEALS that wanted to challenge each other to see who was the best at a distance of 3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bicycle ride and a 42.20 km run. At the age of 58, I started to compete[…]

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Ironman triathlon

Losing children

After my daughter was three years old, her little brother was born. Everything was completely perfect for the first 12 months but then he started to get ill. By the time he was 16 months, he had died of a kidney disease. It was horribly painful to lose a child[…]

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Losing children

I wanted to discover

Growing up, everyone had a plan for me, but no-one asked me what I wanted to do. My parents were expecting me to be a lawyer or a doctor or even an engineer and take over his business but I did not want to do that. I wanted to discover[…]

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I wanted to discover

The adventurer Maria Stray

When I was about 17 I figured out that I had no outdoor skills. You know when you are young and living in the city, everything is about having fun and grades and not getting out in nature. At that age there are not many that know about the basic[…]

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Thank you Grandad

New Years Eve

New Years Eve my wife, our child and I were driving towards Hovden. It was snowing quite a lot and driving conditions were pretty dangerous, so I was doing about 50 kilometres per hour. All of a sudden I saw a car coming towards us spinning in circles along the[…]

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New Years Eve

My mother was extremely beautiful

My mother was extremely beautiful and people always used to tell her that in the town where we lived in Nigeria, but unfortunately she died when I was nine years old. She gave birth to my little sister and two weeks later, she was gone. I am one of five[…]

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My mother was beautiful

North Korea

I’ve been to North Korea twice for photography assignments. My goal is to show that people are more similar than we believe them to be – even if the media often tells us differently. North Korea is especially interesting because of the lack of information we have about the country,[…]

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North Korea

bullied at school

I was bullied at school by the same teacher for six years. She wrote horrible things on my report cards calling me all sorts of names – including “Satan’s son”. She excluded me from everything and I spent most of those years outside the classroom. I was not a bad[…]

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bullied at school

engulfed in flames

Many years ago I lived with my young daughter, ex husband and his two sons – they were two and four years old. Early one morning before my ex and I woke up, the oldest boy found a lighter and lit his blanket. It very quickly started to burn and[…]

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engulfed in flames

Cambodia

I lived in Cambodia for two years and it is sad how little life is worth over there. One day I saw a motorcycle crash straight into a car who turned in front of him. The car then hit a tree and the rider was trapped in between the two.[…]

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Cambodia

Berlin wall

Many years ago I worked at Hotel Norge in Kristiansand which at the time, was a Missionary Hotel with Christian values. As a part of my job, I went to a seminar in West Berlin where I met a very nice man from East Berlin. We stayed in touch and[…]

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Berlin wall

Losing a child

When my daughter Mina was three years old, she got cancer. My husband and I could not believe it, but we were positive and knew that she would be fine. However in the next twelve months her health deteriorated rapidly and unfortunately she died. We were in complete shock. It[…]

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Losing a child

track marks

Quite often people suggest that I should publish a story about myself. Guess it is only fair because people open up to me – so here is one. Back in Australia, I worked as a covert operative in the Police Drug Squad. It was my job to buy heroin and[…]

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track marks

Living with pain

I was left on the steps of an orphanage in Ethiopia when I was a four month old baby. I do not know who did that, but I am assuming it was my natural born parents. At the time I had two types of diseases. One was the “Mononcleosis” (also[…]

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Living with pain

torture

(Part 2/2) I am from Homs in Syria and was a peaceful protestor when the revolution started. After the security forces began to use violence against us, I stopped going to the protest marches. So instead, I used my Facebook account to post comments about the Assad regime. The security[…]

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torture

wheelchair problems

My wife and I had dinner in the city and took a bus home. At the university a young girl in a wheelchair was waiting at the bus stop while it was pouring with rain and dark outside. Unfortunately the bus driver could not get the wheelchair ramp to work[…]

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wheelchair problems

the same path

Unfortunately I did not have the best start in life. My grandparents and parents were all drug addicts and eventually I went down the same path. I was in rehab for three years after being on drugs for a long time and when I stopped taking them, it felt like[…]

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the same path

guy from Italy

I posted a picture of this guy before the summer and wrote about how he has traveled here from Italy with his family and two lovely dogs to start a new life. He makes money from playing music in the streets of Kristiansand and selling his CDs. Whenever I see[…]

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guy from Italy

Being a Palestinian

I am a refugee from Syria, but I am originally from Palestine. I arrived in Norway four days ago and left Syria with my mother and my brother. We sold almost everything we had and left my father behind because all of us could not afford to go. He insisted[…]

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Being a Palestinian

community in Ghana

(Part 1/3) I was a teacher at a little poverty stricken community in Ghana. The area is completely cut off from water, electricity and just about everything else. The school is located near an extremely poor village where most of my students lived and I remember an incident when we[…]

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community in Ghana

PTSD

My first two children were born healthy but both had slightly low oxygen levels in their blood. It was not a big problem and they are both fine. My last pregnancy seemed to be normal. I was used to her kicking inside me and it felt the same as my[…]

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PTSD

Journey from Damascus

I am from Damascus in Syria. I was an economics student, had friends and a happy life. After the revolution started that all changed. Now out of the four of my best friends, one is dead, one is missing, one was forced to join the Syrian Army and the other[…]

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Journey from Damascus

war torn Syria

Exactly one year ago today, I arrived in Norway after fleeing from war torn Syria. There are no jobs, no electricity, the price of food is extremely high, there is corruption, kidnapping, murders and of course the war. Over 200,000 Syrians have lost their lives during the conflict. It is[…]

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war torn Syria

pointless war

I moved to Norway on my own from the Kurdish part of Syria five years ago. We as Kurds were stripped of our land many years ago when the British divided it into four parts and have been surpressed ever since. Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq have excluded us from[…]

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pointless war

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Frustrated, cheated, angry, sad, stressed – that sums up my feelings after a little event yesterday. Hopefully others will not have the same fate as I did…. I like to try different lenses for my camera and decided to buy a used one on the classifieds website finn.no from someone[…]

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cheated