Seeking Education in a Time of Displacement

By Kristy McCaskill Ahmed* is a 21-year-old medical student from Iraq. The crisis in his country forced him to flee his home with his family last year and abandon his studies. A bright and compassionate person, Ahmed wants nothing more than to return to university and finish his studies so he can become an anesthesiologist.…

Would You Buy Me Something to Eat?

By Kristy McCaskill (United States) “Please ma’am, would you buy me something to eat? I’m hungry.” I met Geronimo Jones last night while I was waiting for my bus. I had noticed Geronimo standing outside the sandwich shop: Actually, what I had noticed first was the shop employee coming out to speak to a man…

The Second Line

By: Kristy McCaskill (USA) On my very first day in New Orleans, I was lucky enough to encounter a second line while exploring the streets in the Sixth Ward. New Orleans has a long history of second lines, a tradition which many scholars believe originated with West African circle dances. I arrived in New Orleans…