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Shakila Dhauntal

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Zhihao Zhong

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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> Netherlands
Illia Yeremenko

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Janina Cymborski

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Elijah Kanye

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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> Netherlands
Izzy Bauman

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Jemina Shrestha

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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> Netherlands
Neya Patel

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Elspeth Mathau

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Sidra Kennedy

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Javier A. Román-Nieves

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Kiri Wihongi-Croxford

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Laura Fernández Aguilera

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Andy Lee

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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> Netherlands
Naomi Beijer

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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> Netherlands
Brurce Mecca

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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Olga Mata

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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> Netherlands
Kamelia Khalil

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Shakila has finished her studies in BA International Studies and MSc Public Administration. She has visited more than thirty countries over the world from Cuba to China and has lived in Dubai.

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> Brazil
Milton Camilo

A story by Milton Camilo

Hey, I am Milton Camillo. I am a 50-year-old Afro-Brazilian dancer and artist from Rio who emigrated to Germany more than 20 years ago. I am currently living in Wuppertal and focusing on my paintings.

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> Germany
Luca Kraus

A story by Luca Kraus

I’m Luca, in my Mid-20s, and for that reason obviously always thinking about “What if...I would just move to New Zealand or Bolivia and do..things”. I recently finished my studies in International Management and started a job at a startup in Berlin.

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> Austria
Julia Schmidbaur

A story by Julia Schmidbaur

Journalist from Vienna Borne and raised in 'rudolfscrime' (as we call our 15th district) 02.07 1986 Vienna based, Barcelona at heart

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> Madagascar
Fortunat Miarintsoa Andrianimanana

A story by Fortunat Miarintsoa Andrianimanana

I am a 27 years young Malagasy (no, there are no penguins in Madagascar). I am a convinced life enthusiast willing to always adjust the sails, enjoying at the moment the Barcelonean way of life. When I am not investigating on internationally displaced people’s welfare or learning marketing strategy, you’ll find me listening to piano concertos or giving a (passionate) hug to someone somewhere.

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> China
Kate Tang

A story by Kate Tang

Hi, my name is Kate. A girl studying visual arts in Hong Kong. I am so proud to introduce myself as a Hongkonger here and tell the world about this tiny little spot on the map. I am not a political person, but I hope to tell the world that Hong Kong isn’t just another small city in China, and what we are and have is special and different. The world is too big to stay in one place. Be adventurous.

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> Germany
Mira Kinn

A story by Mira Kinn

Hey there, I am Mira! Originally from a small village in the South-West of Germany, off to learning and dealing with global challenges. This brought me to ever more confusions and questions on life, loaded with the perks of traveling and connecting with and between people! Truth be told, it is stories that connect people and the connection of people that make good stories.

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> Italy
Sati Nunziati

A story by Sati Nunziati

Hello there, I’m Sati. I was born 33 years ago in Milano, Italy, but I grew up surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Inspired by family background I started my own personal “quest for colors”, ending up in the most colorful Country on Earth: India! Although I’m back to live in Italy, a piece of my heart is still there, where I’ve been thought about how to give colors to life!

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> South Korea
Veronica Burgstaller

A story by Veronica Burgstaller

What should a person include in a short biography of oneself? Their achievements in life? Their identity, their passions, their interests? Or their future ambitions? But what if their life has been a continuous flux from one place to another, thus their identity unclear. What if their ambitions are still formative, and their interests every changing? Though if I really had to describe myself in a few words, then for now I am:

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> Netherlands
Hugo Oms

A story by Hugo Oms

Gay men almost enjoy the same legal rights as heterosexuals and therefore are formally accepted. However, my personal experience has taught me that social acceptance of homosexuality is often dependent on numerous conditions.

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> Chile
Yess

A story by Yess

Gay men almost enjoy the same legal rights as heterosexuals and therefore are formally accepted. However, my personal experience has taught me that social acceptance of homosexuality is often dependent on numerous conditions.

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> Australia
Hal Fulcher

A story by Bisexual Men: Do We even exist?

Growing up in a small, fairly homophobic town in Australia brought about years of denial about my attraction to men. While friends around me were launching into their first fledgling relationships, I was doing my best to pretend I didn’t even have a sexuality – hoping life would return to the simplicity before puberty struck. “Maybe if I just read Harry Potter for the 10th time and act like nothing is wrong I can make it through high school.” - My inner monologue circa 2003.

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> Nepal
Pabita Timilshina

A story by The Editors

If I had one wish, it would be for girls to be free to choose what they want to become, not to be dominated by men. Women to have their own voice without being ashamed of what society might think. Our place is not just in the kitchen or to have babies, we have our own lives. I wished for everyone to have the same rights.

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> Nepal
Robin Schaffer

A story by The Editors

If I had one wish, it would be for girls to be free to choose what they want to become, not to be dominated by men. Women to have their own voice without being ashamed of what society might think. Our place is not just in the kitchen or to have babies, we have our own lives. I wished for everyone to have the same rights.

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> Nepal
Merve Vardarli

A story by The Editors

If I had one wish, it would be for girls to be free to choose what they want to become, not to be dominated by men. Women to have their own voice without being ashamed of what society might think. Our place is not just in the kitchen or to have babies, we have our own lives. I wished for everyone to have the same rights.

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> Nepal
Noosha

A story by The Editors

If I had one wish, it would be for girls to be free to choose what they want to become, not to be dominated by men. Women to have their own voice without being ashamed of what society might think. Our place is not just in the kitchen or to have babies, we have our own lives. I wished for everyone to have the same rights.

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> Nepal
Chandra Bhadra

A story by The Editors

If I had one wish, it would be for girls to be free to choose what they want to become, not to be dominated by men. Women to have their own voice without being ashamed of what society might think. Our place is not just in the kitchen or to have babies, we have our own lives. I wished for everyone to have the same rights.

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