|Camera in Hand|
|October 9, 2004|
By Yahya Abdul Rahman
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|Hey I'm a Muslim and have video camera in my hand|
Gotta keep a watch over my shoulder to look out for the man
You know a Muslim with a camera is a WMD
You know if I plan to use it I'm a threat to national security
Don't need to go to Wal-Mart to have my photo finish-ing
Just head to the CSIS office or the local R*C*M*P
But hey, who knows, maybe I will get a free trip to see the Nile
Maybe I can stay awhile
I hope they let me bring my camera with me
As in Egypt there is so much to see
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Sunday, October 03, 2004
October 3, 2004
Ameen is a studious, warm 16-year-old honor student from Sebastia,
an ancient town near Nablus in the West Bank . For family reasons having nothing to do with Ameen himself, his present host household cannot keep him.
We dearly need to find Ameen a new home and school as promptly and
carefully as possible.
|We spent last weekend with Ameen at Sanea al-Salam~Oseh Shalom|
Family Peacemakers Camp.
Ameen is a total pleasure. At first quiet, he fit beautifully into
camp and related nicely to both children and adults. After a day doing the high ropes course, and fully participating in various outdoor and
Dialogue relationship-building activities, he could stay up into the
later hours skillfully taking on the best of the youth and adults in
|Ameen isn't "any" kid. He went through a rigorous interview and|
testing process to win the privilege of coming to America to study for a
He receives a $125 monthly check from the State Department toward
his expenses, and there is an additional $300 stipend for incidental
expenses like school ID cards, yearbook, and toiletries. The program
provides medical insurance for him.
Having Ameen in your home would mean expanding not only his world,
but yours as well.
He is responsive, ready to help, and thoughtful. He's a gifted
student from a hard-working family. His father is a farmer, his mother a
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is one of the largest and
"oldest" student exchange programs in the U.S.A. Last year, we received a
grant from the U.S. Department of State to help run a pioneering high
school exchange program that brings students from countries with
predominantly Muslim populations to spend a year with a volunteer host
family and go to high school here in the USA . Please see the link below
for more information.
U.S. Dep't of State --
Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) --
Needed is a caring family out there who would love a chance to think
globally and act locally, and move beyond the stereotypes perpetuated by
Required is a thoughtful host home that would treat Ameen as a family
member (a bed to sleep in, room can be shared with a host sibling of more
or less the same age, family meals and a loving atmosphere). Ameen is
insured for medical expenses and receives pocket money every month from
the Department of State. Aside from usual kindnesses, host families do
not have any legal or financial responsibility for the students!
Marilyn Leonard, ASSE Area Representative
3676 Woodley Drive, San Jose, CA 95148-2829
Tel: 408 528-9170 Toll free: 888-267-5707
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com