Gofundme update #5 »http://www.gofundme.com/9l3vso
Greetings from Erbil. I’ve made it and have successfully taught a classroom of about 21 freelance journalists mostly from Kurdistan, but also with freelancers from the UK, Switzerland, the US, France, and even Palestine. While most of the local journalists had a great deal of experience in conflict, many of the foreigners had very little experience in hostile environments. A few had previously seen colleagues, fighters or civilians wounded in conflict, one having been wounded previously himself.
This couldn’t have been possible without the support of my friends, colleagues and perfect strangers who are also interested in doing good for others. My training team, who I had never met before arriving here, was simply incredible and I feel that this experience bonded ourselves to one another; student to teacher, teacher to student. I learned more from my class than they possibly could have learned from me.
My life took an unexpected turn just after leaving “home”, and now I essentially do not have a home. With that said, I will be staying in Kurdistan for much longer than I had previously planned. It really seems to be safe here. I am picking up on the language, and have made very many new friends here in Kurdistan. Any continued support that anyone could give would be greatly helpful for restarting, again, in my new life.