Azerbaijan – first contact

Can peace be spontaneous?  Azerbaijan, December 1st - arrival and follows a rhythm I appreciate.  December 2nd, meeting at the UN - recommended by the UN office in Baku. I met Mr.  U. Mirzayev, president of The International Press Institute on December 3. A long encounter, where he talks about his childhood shattered by conflict and his family’s refugee status. Will I understand the Nagorny Karabakh conflict that has been lasting for 30 years?  I might not find [...]

By |2020-01-24T17:14:02-05:00December 7th, 2019|Azerbaijan, Blog, Caucase|Comments Off on Azerbaijan – first contact

Borders

There were no borders within me This morning I wake up and the word that comes to me is "border." For those who dream of a world without borders, I would invite you to be patient. I was born 24 kilometers from Ontario. On Rural Road 7, which is now Route 388 in Duparquet, the last village before the border. Men came and went from lumber or mining jobs. We never talked about borders. The word was not [...]

By |2020-01-23T07:01:19-05:00November 3rd, 2019|Blog, Caucase, Families of the world, Reflecting|Comments Off on Borders

Arrival in Tbilisi

Octobre 19th, 2019 There are no rules at the taxi stand in the wee hours of the morning. The drivers come to ask me one after the other. A woman tells me that they are raising prices in front of a stranger and that it would be better to take a Bolt, the equivalent of Uber. I cannot order until I have a new phone number. At the end of the night, I trust one of these [...]

By |2020-01-12T07:30:12-05:00October 19th, 2019|Blog, Caucase|Comments Off on Arrival in Tbilisi
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