Global Voices The Blog of American Jewish World Service

The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.

Masinda, her husband and members of their community.

“We Have Human Rights Like Everyone Else”: Reflections from the Democratic Republic of Congo

To say Masinda Masiano is formidable would be an understatement. She packs a punch, both in personality and speech, even if her frame is slight. Masinda is a Pygmy from the village of Mujo Mukondo outside Goma in North Kivu province. She doesn’t know how old she is, but I’d guess at least 60. She …Read More

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Moral Courage in the Face of Injustice: A Call to Action from a Global Justice Fellow

I, along with twelve other participants in this year’s New York based Global Justice Fellowship of American Jewish World Service, returned last week from Santo Domingo where we engaged in powerful encounters with representatives of seven NGOs. The deadline of June 17th hovered over most of these meetings, several of which involved Dominican activists of Haitian descent who are not migrants and whose families have lived for generations in the Dominican Republic.

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“We formed our union to have a collective voice”: Reflections from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nikhil Aziz, Director of Natural Resource Rights at AJWS, is visiting AJWS’s grantee organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week and sharing stories from his travels. Takuinja Ruzibuka of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s South Kivu province rises before dawn to cook, get her eight children ready and work on the family’s …Read More

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