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We are Correspondents of the World, an online platform where people from all over the world share their personal stories in relation to global development. We try to collect stories from people of all ages and genders, people with different social and religious backgrounds and people with all kinds of political opinions in order to get a fuller picture of what is going on behind the big news.

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> Australia
Pariah Down Under

A story by Jemina Shrestha

My extroverted-self begged me to initiate conversations, but, for the most part, I stayed quiet.

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> Denmark
Applying the Lessons I Learnt in Anthropology to my Art

A story by Julie Celina Linnebjerg

I want to apply the lessons I learned in anthropology to my art, and give more attention to the underrepresented and marginalised.

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Maria Sotiropoulou
> Greece
The moment a girl becomes a woman: a story of psychological abuse - Part 2

A story by Maria Sotiropoulou

I want to advise people to start speaking up. The day I realized I was ready to talk was the day in which this little girl finally felt like a woman.

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Maria Sotiropoulou
> Greece
The moment a girl becomes a woman: a story of psychological abuse - Part 1

A story by Maria Sotiropoulou

I observed women around me falling over and over again. I did not think that at some point in my life I might fall too.

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> Ireland
The Passenger Seat of a Stranger’s Generosity

A story by Caoimhe Ní Shúilleabháin

Hitch-hiking is a striking exchange between strangers but there is no follow-up service. I was given a lift out of a godforsaken petrol stop on a soulless highway and they got fresh company for a lonely or boring commute.

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> Netherlands
When your Body and Beliefs are at Odds: the Religious Taboo of Menstruation

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

I know that talking about these traditions is hard. Yet, discriminatory practices will continue unless they are addressed.

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> DR of the Congo
Finding A Foreigner Language

A story by Salum Ndezi

Practice is the art of science.

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> DR of the Congo
Life Can Suddenly Change

A story by Salum Ndezi

When the New Year begins with 365 days ahead, I see 365 opportunities in my hands.

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> South Korea
Connecting with People through Calligraphy

A story by Choi Lucia

Calligraphy for me has opened, quite literally, another world.

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> Spain
How a Budding Economist Became an Advocate for the Human Rights of Migrants

A story by Natalia Ruiz Gómez

I had not seen a great number of economists focused on the migration situation, so why not do it myself?

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Global Issues Through Local Eyes

We are Correspondents of the World, an online platform where people from all over the world share their personal stories in relation to global development. We try to collect stories from people of all ages and genders, people with different social and religious backgrounds and people with all kinds of political opinions in order to get a fuller picture of what is going on behind the big news.

Our Correspondents

At Correspondents of the World we invite everyone to share their own story. This means we don't have professional writers or skilled interviewers. We believe that this approach offers a whole new perspective on topics we normally only read about in the news - if at all. And in case you wondered: Everyone includes you as well. Do you have a story to share? Reach out to us and let us know!

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Our Community

Although we just started a few months ago, we already have a great community of people from all over the world. While face-to-face meetings are difficult at the moment, our Facebook Community Group is THE place to be to meet other people invested in Correspondents of the World. We are currently running a series of online-tea talks to get to know each other better.

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Vision

At Correspondents of the World, we want to contribute to a better understanding of one another in a world that seems to get smaller by the day - but somehow neglects to bring people closer together as well. We think that one of the most frequent reasons for misunderstanding and unnecessarily heated debates is that we don't really understand how each of us is affected differently by global issues.

Our aim is to change that with every personal story we share.

Topics

We believe in quality over quantity. To start off with, we collect personal stories that relate to our correspondents' experiences with five global topics:

Environment

Discussions about the environment often center on grim, impersonal figures. Among the numbers and warnings, it is easy to forget that all of these statistics actually also affect us - in very different ways. We believe that in order to understand the immensity of environmental topics and global climate change, we need the personal stories of our correspondents.

Gender

Gender is the assumption of a "normal". Unmet expectations of what is normal are a world-wide cause for violence. We hope that the stories of our correspondents will help us to better understand the effects of global developments related to gender and sexuality, and to reveal outdated concepts that have been reinforced for centuries.

Migration

Our correspondents write about migration because it is a deeply personal topic that is often dehumanized. People quickly become foreigners, refugees - a "they". But: we have always been migrating, and we always will. For millions of different reasons. By sharing personal stories about migration, we hope to re-humanize this global topic.

Liberation

We want to support the demand for justice by spotlighting the personal stories of people who seek liberation in all its different forms. Our correspondents share their individual experiences in creating equality. We hope that for some this will be an encouragement to continue their own struggle against inequality and oppression - and for some an encouragement to get involved.

Corona Virus

2020 is a year different from others before - not least because of the Corona pandemic. The worldwide spread of a highly contagious virus is something that affects all of us in very different ways. To get a better picture of how the pandemic's plethora of explicit and implicit consequences influences our everyday life, we share lockdown stories from correspondents all over the world.

Get Involved

We believe that every single personal story contributes to a better understanding of the complex world we live in - and the people we share it with. That includes yours! We would be really happy if you would like to share your story, too, and join our community.

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Focus: Liberation

> Hong Kong
Home Kong

A story by Andy Lee

When I left Hong Kong for graduate school in the US, I was never homesick. Home was just one flight away, the same as ever. That is, until home got sick.

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> Netherlands
Black Lives Matter: An Experience in the Train

A story by Naomi Beijer

As a black woman here in the Netherlands, I may not be murdered for the colour of my skin, but that does not mean that racism doesn't exist in the Netherlands.

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Elijah Kanye
> Kenya
Just Do It – My Story as a Filmmaker in the Slums of Nairobi

A story by Elijah Kanye

I saw reporters did not get things about Mathare right. They misrepresent it. So I decided to become a filmmaker to correct this weakness and follow my passion.

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> Chile
Division

A story by Yess

To live between Dictatorship and Democracy means to fight for a better future.

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> United States
The Birth of Understanding One’s Privilege

A story by Sidra Kennedy

There were 9 of us, a group of white, North American and European 18- and 19-year-olds. But once we stepped into the clinic, there was an automatic assumption that we were more capable than the doctors. I knew why I was receiving this treatment: my white skin and American accent.

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> Germany
A Tale of Two Countries: Part II

A story by Janina Cymborski

The perceived differences between East and West Germany are not merely rooted in the separation after World War II, but also in the events that followed the Unification. Though unity is an admirable goal, accepting differences may eventually lead to a greater appreciation.

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Growing Fast

Although we started just over a year ago, Correspondents of the World has a quickly growing community of correspondents - and a dedicated team of editors, translators and country managers.

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