All posts by Afdhere Jama

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Limitless Glory

When I was a child, I had the misfortune – in many ways, although I loved my childhood and my home country – of growing up in a country where much of diversity did not exist. I’m from Somalia, where nearly all people are Somali,

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Troubles in Baghdad

“I’m able to reach you today from Internet cafĂ© in Baghdad. I don’t have a lot of time. I just wanted to let you know that I’m okay. Everyone in my family is okay. I will write more soon.” That was a quick e-mail note

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Queer and Christian in Iraq

Ever since the oppressive Taliban government was dismantled, the United States has been pursuing Saddam Hussein’s regime. In Iraq, the United States is seen as a Christian nation. Maybe because most Americans are people who believe in Christ, whether they call themselves Christian or Catholic

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Out in Beirut

It is Thursday night, early May. Ismail Noshy is getting ready for his monthly meeting with his gay Arab friends. “The first Thursday of every month,” says Noshy, a 23-year-old Arab Christian, “we meet and talk about being gays and Arab.” Most of his friends,