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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

Barn fire

I left the house today with my camera equipment ready to go into the city to take some pictures for Humans of Kristiansand. As I drove towards Kjevik, I saw smoke coming from nearby houses. I turned the car around, drove up the road and saw that there was a[…]

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Barn fire

a little adventure

Last year I organised a little adventure for my ten year old son and his friends. I packed them a sack with wood, sausages, a knife and some candy and then blind folded them and drove out to the forest. When we arrived, I gave them a mobile phone and[…]

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a little adventure

The Grand Hotel

My father was booked to go into the hospital for a routine operation, nothing special and was going to my confirmation afterwards. The hospital then told us that we had to wait one week because they had some urgent surgeries they needed to do. So we rescheduled my confirmation to[…]

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The Grand Hotel

Geeohsnap

You know the old saying, when an opportunity comes up, you have to grab it. Who would have thought that an app for a smartphone, could turn a guy from Kristiansand into a household name in the world of Snapchat. His name is Geir Ove Pedersen. Well that is not[…]

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Geeohsnap

The proposal

I remember many, many years ago when I was having trouble with a girlfriend. We had broken up a few weeks earlier and I was doing fine up until I heard she was seeing someone else. Then the feelings started to come back and I thought that I had made[…]

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The proposal

The fantastic priest

I was born in Farsund in 1955 and am one of five siblings. It was amazing growing up in those days because every midsummer, we moved to our cabin and stayed there until school started. All summer we paddled, sailed and rowed boats. In those days, life in Farsund was[…]

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A fantastic priest

Living life to the full

I feel that in our modern society we always have to do things very well and very good. I wanted to put all that pressure away and just become a 6 year old girl again – learning how to ride a bicycle. Because that is, you know, a great event.[…]

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Living life to the full

A big heart

I had a long chat with this guy in town today. He has a big heart and a bright future ahead of him… “The biggest problem I am facing is my self confidence. It dates back to when I was four years old and I lost my big brother to[…]

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A big heart

Talk to someone about it

We have been together for about eight years. Prior to that, we were both in relationships with women but we both knew most of our lives that we also liked men. Guy on Left: I was really worried about telling my Mum. So one day I said, “Mum, you are[…]

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Talk to someone about it