1. Once the hunger in their bellies is subdued, children’s hunger for learning and experiencing life flourishes.

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2. “It has been a lost generation—12 years that are lost and will never be recovered, even if the war stopped today.” Oumda Tarbosh
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3. I can eat SO MUCH LESS than I eat when back home. (But don’t bet on me doing it when I get back. I love food.)
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4. Can’t stop women. I learned this a long time ago, but it keeps getting reinforced.

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5. There can be islands of peace, even in oceans of stress and hardship.
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6. There’s just something irresistible about baby donkeys.
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7. A soccer ball—anywhere!—is the perfect tool to inspire leadership, friendship, hope, and pure joy.
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8. There’s something sad about seeing a refugee camp from the air—the neat, impersonal shape that is an “open prison” for tens of thousands of unique, beautiful friends.
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9. I miss my family. I’m reminded of them each time I look into the eyes of a child. This might be why I keep coming back.
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10. The word “refugee” should not be a stigma. There is so much fear and misinformation in the world, as we face an unprecedented refugee crisis. With empathy and compassion, we can see this as an unprecedented opportunity for a more connected humanity. I will not lose hope.
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