Bridget Meyer

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Why We Write: In the Presence of Living

My grandmother stopped drinking water shortly after her legs failed. Her spells of consciousness were briefer and less frequent. Each breath seemed …

Creative Writing

Assessing Creative Writing Is Hard, So Here Are Three Ways To Avoid It

Everyone knows that outside of the school building, creative writing workshops aren’t graded. Whether it’s a group of retirees who cluster in the …

Doing Dialogue

“Trust your dialogue. If you don’t, make it stronger. Then, once your dialogue is strong, bring in action beats that amplify the speaker’s message, …

Writing story exposition: Examples and tips

Writing the exposition of a story – the narration introducing key scenarios, themes, characters or settings – takes skill. The reader needs enough …

What Good Writers Do

by Sara Marschand Kindergartners learn what “good writers do,” but all writers can apply these universal lessons. Kindergarteners practice tracing …

Genre -Is- Worldbuilding

Here's the latest from Jami Gold, Paranormal Author :Between my health issues and packed to-do list, I’m constantly behind on the latest movies. For …

John Green on Writing About Mental Illness, Diversity in Publishing, and More

StaffDaily NewsNnedi Okorafor’s fantasy novels reinvent the genre; how <i>One Story</i> ended up publishing Tom Hanks; 2017 ALTA award winners announced; and …

Are You a Researcher or a Storyteller? Finding the Balance in Historical Fiction – by KA Servian

TweetPlease welcome author KA Servian.Research is an essential part of writing. Fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or historical, at some stage in …

Writing to Describe: Famine

A lesson that not only teaches students how to write using a variation of language techniques, but also to raise awareness of world issues. This …

Creative Writing

Creative Writing Prompts For High School Students

Plot, Dialogue and Voice<p>Whether you're a student or a teacher, these writing prompts for high school students are going to come in handy if you're …

Nearly half of child soldiers are girls

<b>(David Acosta Allely via Shutterstock)</b><p>How to reintegrate these women into peaceful, civilian lives remains an unanswered question<p>Amy S. Choi<p>February 21, 2013 5:25pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Feministing.<p>We tend to think of female victims of armed conflict as women who have been raped …

Children as soldiers

Most child casualties are civilians. But one of the most deplorable developments in recent years has been the increasing use of young children as …

War

South Sudanese rebels free 250 child soldiers

<b>Geneva:</b> A South Sudanese rebel group has freed 250 child soldiers, including a girl as young as nine, the UN children's agency says.<p>The rebel Cobra …

ISIS uses kids to lead prisoners to beheadings

ISIS terrorists used children as props in their latest sick execution video, having the youngsters lead eight Shiite men to their doom in a Syrian …

The Islamic State's child soldiers

In one of the Islamic State's (IS) latest YouTube videos, children stand in formation, reciting and chanting the orders of an instructor. The …

Human Rights

N. Bahr el Ghazal facing dire food shortages - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

April 18, 2015 (JUBA) – Thousand of people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr Al Ghazal state unless the national government …

Q & A on The Conflict in Yemen and International Law

Beginning early on March 26, 2015, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition used warplanes to attack the forces of Ansar Allah, known as the Houthis, in several …

UNICEF secures child soldiers' release in South Sudan | DW | 28.01.2015

<b>UNICEF has pledged to reunite the children with their families in South Sudan where more than 1 million have been displaced since a civil war broke</b> …

South Sudan Rebel Group Releases Child Soldiers

Government deal with rebel group will see 3,000 children disarmed<p>KAMPALA Uganda—A South Sudanese rebel group has released more than 300 child soldiers in the past few days, a major boost for United Nations-led efforts to rescue thousands of youngsters from the country’s raging civil war, the U.N. …

South Sudan

The Boy Who Was Buried Alive and Survived

When his village in Nigeria was attacked, 10-year-old Ibrahim witnessed his father’s brutal murder. Then the insurgents came after …

Essay: Drawings Show Children Haunted by Boko Haram Atrocities

NBCBLK<p>Red, red and more red. In seconds, the vivid color of blood and fire splashed on paper makes my blood burn. Ahmid’s drawing seems to go down in flames, and there is nothing I can do to extinguish it.<p>As the 15-year-old refugee boy from Nigeria sketches his experience, I am surprised by the …

He's 14. He Was A Child Soldier. He's Suicidal. How Can He Be Saved?

The boy was abducted by the Lord's Liberation Army to serve as a child soldier when he was 7. He had been forced to kill his uncle with a machete.<p>At 14, he escaped and made his way back to his parents. But he wasn't himself.<p>He couldn't sleep at night, and during the day, he'd run around the village …

Sudanese Lost Boy to promote refugee cause as UNHCR High Profile Supporter

Lost Boy Ger Duany visits a camp in Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex. The actor once lived here as a refugee before being resettled in the United …

South Sudan peace talks collapse, election called off

2015-03-10<p>In South Sudan, the conflict that started on 15 December 2013, and which has left thousands dead and more than a million displaced, has yet …

Kakuma camp in Kenya surpasses its 100,000 capacity

Refugees at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, which has now exceeded its capacity of 100,000 refugees and is expecting more. © UNHCR/R.Gangale<p>KAKUMA …

Sudan’s Elections: in the shadow of war, dialogue and secession

<b>Date & Time:</b> Wednesday 25 March, 6:30PM-8:30PM<p><b>Venue:</b> Djam Lecture Theatre (G2), SOAS<p>Listen to podcast<p><b>Speakers: Magdi el Gizouli,</b> Academic & fellow of …

This Is What It Looks Like When Child Soldiers Lay Down Their Arms

The children in question were part of a rebel group known as the South Sudan Democratic Movement's Cobra Faction, a branch commanded by a frequent antagonist of the South Sudanese government named David Yau Yau. Cobra Faction is now in the process of integrating with the South Sudanese Army, which …

Africa

In South Sudan, 300 war-weary children have a chance to be children again In the relative cool shade provided by two giant water-starved…

<i>In the relative cool shade provided by two giant water-starved trees in the unforgiving South Sudanese bush sits patiently a large dishevelled group of children. Sitting in front of them are an earnest group of adults.</i><p><i>On approaching this group you could be forgiven for thinking this was a field trip undertaken by a local school. It’s not until you get a little closer that you notice that most of these children are carrying high velocity automatic weapons.</i><p><i>A little unnerving seeing such weapons</i> …

How can the UK help the child soldiers of South Sudan?

While the UK still has a military recruitment age of 16, it’s hard to see how effective they can be in helping other countries relinquish the …

Many South Sudan boys 'kidnapped to be child soldiers'

<b>Hundreds of boys in South Sudan have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the United Nations children's agency says.</b><p>The figure is a big increase on the 89 child abductions reported by Unicef last month.<p>Their latest statement blamed a militia group allied to the government.<p>South Sudan …