"Leaving your homeland feels like leaving part of your soul," says Mohammad Shasho, a teen who speaks of life as a refugee with wisdom beyond his years. Mohammad and his family fled their home in Aleppo, Syria, in 2013 as civil war consumed the country. He tells their story and gives voice to fellow refugees in a new documentary created as part of the BYkids program, which mentors young filmmakers. Five years ago, he packed his belongings for a month-long "holiday" that became a life-changing journey with no end in sight. His father, a surgeon in Aleppo, had been watching the situation in Syria get worse and worse. One bombing struck just blocks from their home. "Every day when I went to my hospital, I saw many dead bodies that had just been thrown to the curb," Dr. Shasho recalls. "During the anti-government demonstrations, many people were injured. And the police would come to the hospital and arrest injured patients or shoot them." He began treating the injured in … [Read more...] about “Out of Aleppo”: A teen refugee tells his story
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THERE is a real paradox in the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Nazi-uniform-wearing, strip poker-playing, headstrong Harry was the black sheep of the Royal Family and his whirlwind romance the most unlikely, least planned of royal unions. But by wooing and winning Meghan he’s done more to change the image of the Royal Family than any focus group or image consultant. More than Prince Charles’s anxious musings and more even than his mother Diana’s dramatic life and death. Actions, they say, speak louder than words. Well, Harry’s acted. They all talked about modernising the Royal Family. Harry has actually done it with a bride and a wedding service like no other. Watch highlights of Royal Wedding as millions in the UK and across the world celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “Love,” Bishop Curry told us in his extraordinary sermon — which spoke in accents unheard of in polite English churches — “love can … [Read more...] about Model couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will rebrand the Windsors as a modern monarchy
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Destiny Doud thought she had just 48 hours to be a mother.Like most of the hundreds of pregnant women who give birth while serving time each year, Doud was slated to give up her newborn to a relative just days after the baby was born last May.Doud recalled hugging Jaelynn close at the hospital, waiving off nurses' offers to take the girl to the nursery. She wanted every minute to hold her daughter ahead of that wrenching separation.But just before handing off the baby to her own father, Doud learned she had qualified for a radical alternative. She could raise Jaelynn behind bars.On June 2, 2017, Doud cradled her newborn as she passed through a chain-link fence topped with razor wire, through heavy steel doors to a cell outfitted with a crib. A sign on the door reads: "Doud: Y21214 Baby: Jaelynn."The Decatur Correctional Center is the only home the girl with wispy blonde hair and ice-blue eyes has known in her 11 months.Prison nursery programs remain rare nationwide, but eight … [Read more...] about This central Illinois prison is allowing mothers to raise their babies behind bars. But is the radical experiment a good idea?
By Theresa Walker | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: May 11, 2018 at 10:28 am | UPDATED: May 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm She is 18. A superstar voted Girl of the Year in her 2010 Bolsa Grande High graduating class for stellar academics and ceaseless community service. Her parents, immigrants who fled Vietnam in the 1970s after the war ended, have had to work long hours to support a family of eight — themselves, five daughters and a grandmother — on about $40,000 a year. With money tight, she goes to Golden West College, saving up from her job at a yogurt shop to transfer to a four-year college on the East Coast. She wants to become a pediatrician. Only, Jessica Dinh gets pregnant before she finishes that first year. She finds out a month before finals. Her boyfriend, who is leaving for Navy boot camp soon, wants her to get an abortion. They’ve been dating since senior year in high school and that’s the plan they had agreed on if she ever … [Read more...] about From a scared pregnant teen to a confident young woman, this mom’s future was shaped by someone like her