The refugee crisis

Recently we read this long, short story called «Ultimate Safari». It is about this South-African girl who is fleeing her home as a consequence of violent conflicts. Her mother goes missing, I assume she died, and a long journey through this place called Krueger park begins. This is a short story (which is very long by the way) about the life of a refugee running to safety after «bandits» raids their hometown, killing whoever gets in their way.

Refugees are a consequence of war, conflicts, and poor conditions. It is a sad reality that about 70.8 million people globally to this exact day find themselves running to an unknown location. Unsafe, hungry, scared, traumatized, hurt, fleeing that one place they called home. With grieve to those they have lost, exhausted feet after all those miles walking barefoot and all those stomachs untouched by food and clean water for too long.

My thoughts

It is a sad reality that this happens, and it is a sadder reality that will continue to increase every day. Global challenges like increased temperatures lead to drought, which means less food and lack of water. These poor conditions often lead to war and are a few of the common reasons behind refugees.

I think it is sad that so many have to leave their life and belongings behind to survive. That children are starving, families are dying and humans experience the trauma caused by war. I am thankful for the UN telling us about this crisis, even when it is little that we can do about it. As long as the temperatures rise the challenges will continue to increase. I feel like all we can do is to hold on to our hope. Hope for better days to come.

Hong Kong – protests

As you may have heard, in the past five months there have been massive protests in Hong Kong. The demonstrators, about 1.7 million people, are participating in a series of demonstrations as a consequence of the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders Amendment bill by the government in Hong Kong.

The reason behind these demonstrations is that the citizens in Hong Kong feel threatened by China, accusing them of seeking to limit their freedom. They also protest against the extradition law or to allow extradition to mainland China – the ability to surrender a person either accused or convinced of committing a crime in another jurisdiction. Although these were the main reasons who triggered the citizens to begin protesting, they have five demands they want to see happening.

Demands:

  • For protesters to not be characterized as a “riot”.
  • Amnesty for those who are arrested for protesting.
  • An independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.
  • Implementation of complete universal suffrage.
  • Withdrawal of the extradition bill. (The fifth demand has already been met). 

The number of demonstrations is caused by their attempt to be heard and feel safe.

The protest(s) escalates quickly 

The protest is getting smaller but more frequent and violent. In October an 18-year-old boy was shot in his chest while protesters fought police officers with petrol bombs, poles, and other projectiles. Early November a lawmaker was stabbed by someone pretending to be a supporter. One week later, a police officer shot one protester and just a couple hours later a man was set on fire. (Hong Kong protest, 2019)

The protesters are gathering – marking their stand

The protesters organize themselves to be stronger. The Hong Kong protesters joined hands in a 30-mile human chain. Joining hands, singing, tens of thousand protesters lined Hong Kong’s overpasses, pavements, parks, and waterfronts with their phone in the air – flashlight on.

In a stunning sign of support for the protesters in Hong Kong, more than half of the 452 seats in Sunday’s local district council elections flipped from pro-Beijing to pro-democracy candidates. (Election result, Hong Kong, 2019)

I think this could be a positive start of better times for Hong Kong in the future.

Bibliography

Election result, Hong kong. (2019, 11 24). Read on fra Nytimes.com: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/24/world/asia/hong-kong-election-results.html

Hong Kong protest. (2019, 11 28 ). Read on bbc.com: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49317695

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I recently read the novel «The Reluctant Fundamentalist» by author Mohsin Hamid. It is a well-written novel about a young Pakistani, Changez, who tells an American he met in Lahore, about his old «successful» life in the USA. The novel is set in our time of huge challenges and global change. His life was perfect until September 11th, 2001, which made him feel that he had to choose sides. The Novel questions the American dream and ethnic tolerances accepted today.

What do I think of the novel?

I think the language is a bit challenging, but that is just me. I am used to reading a more “basic” version of English, but this is not quite it – the English I’m used to I mean. However, It is not a difficult book to read, but it most likely takes more time to read than you would expect. Perhaps because the language is more advanced, or maybe the fact that I had to work through the book while I read it – find answers to a diverse set of tasks – was the reason behind making the reading process longer. The novel itself is extraordinary and I like the way he reveals his thoughts. He was not afraid of speaking his mind, even when it came to sensitive topics, such as the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Instead of feeling sorry for all the victims – those who did not make it out alive or families who lost a beloved one – which is what normal people would do. He said that he saw September 11th as a symbol of America falling to its knees. To admit thoughts like that can get you in trouble – today people rarely dare to speak their mind – which makes this novel more interesting.

Does it seem realistic? Why/why not? In what way? 

Yes, but no. This is a novel about a young man achieving a great amount of good in his life but also experiences how society is at times messed up. That is realistic. A man living his best life in another country yet has to deal with life and the trouble that follows. It’s not science fiction nor impossible, but on the other hand, it can be difficult to achieve such greatness in that short amount of time. Although this is a novel, it can be unrealistic in that way that the whole novel is written like a dialog who is lead by Changez. Like I would sit with you and tell you everything that has happened the last couple of years in one conversation, including the people I have talked to, when I had sex and what I felt in all of those moments as well as what I said. Rarely do people do that – share lots and intimate information with a total stranger they met a few hours ago. So in one way it is unrealistic, on the other hand, it is not. Perhaps some people do that, but it is a rarity.

What has happened so far?

Changez, the main character, met an American at a coffee-table in Lahore, Pakistan. He introduces himself in perfect English saying  “excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance”. He then tells the American about his childhood and how he got a scholarship to study at Princeton, the fact that he met and fell in love with an American girl, that he got a job offer, and felt that he was fully accepted as an American, all changed on September 11th, 2001.

The Positive and Negative Aspects of Sosial Media

Today we live in a world ruled by social media and other sources connected to the internet. We watch TV-series and movies for entertainment and we share our ideas, words, and thoughts to the rest of the world just by touching the screen of our smartphones. We are more connected to the rest of the world than we ever have been before, however, is this availability positive or negative for the society we live in? Stay put and we’ll find out some of the positive and negative aspects of social media.

I think we all can agree that the internet has made our lives a little easier. A little better. Thanks to the internet we can connect with anyone regardless of the location and religion. The beauty of social media is that we can connect to learn and share our thoughts.

Social media has a lot of benefits for students and teachers – including education, awareness, and information. It has never been easier to find information about any subject which enhances knowledge of any field, regardless of which educational background.


When it comes to awareness, social media gives us information about what is going on in this world. If it had not been for the social media and the internet we would not have any knowledge about all the stuff going on in this world – including starvation, illnesses, wars and less heartbreaking news like human rights. Social media can also be used to ask for help either if you are struggling with an issue and need some advice or guidance, or if you need money for a good cause – the community you connect with could perhaps help you.

Picture: consultancy.com, social media

The social media also have some disadvantages such as hacking, cyberbullying and addiction followed by more. The easy access to creating an account without getting traced or the lack of physical attendance makes it easier to bully someone online. Identity theft is also a disadvantage of social media and can be used to ruin someone’s reputation. For example by spreading false stories or bully someone by hiding behind the stolen identity’s name, among with hacking sensitive data and misuse or spreading of personal information.

When one has social media in such a large part of their daily routine, it is easy to become addicted. Addiction is a serious illness which in this case can lead to isolation, lack of exercise or other activities and disturb personal lives.

There are many positive and negative aspects when it comes to social media, just like about everything else. Although social media has many negative aspects it is a helpful tool that can be used safely in everyday life if we just use it right.

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Hello!

Have you ever heard the story about this man who laughed so hard he died? Me neither. However, my name is Rebekka and that’s right. It is spelled with the letter k, not c. Interesting right? Not really.

So I started this blog as a school project and chose to make it public just for the fun of it. It doesn’t mean the blog is going to be fun though. I envision that it is mostly going to consist of fact-based texts. That is to say, text who are relevant to the subject of international English and topics affecting the world, and perhaps a few books and/or film reports.

I would love for other students to learn from my blog and to others to might find it interesting or entertaining. I hope that by blogging successfully throughout the year I will accomplish to set a good example for those whom it is relevant and maybe help those who find it difficult to find inspiration for their own projects.

Picture: me (hi)

A few more facts about me before we start;

  • I am 18 years old
  • I have five siblings which makes pretty difficult to find peace and quiet, but I still love them (from time to time)
  • My English skills are average because of I’m originally from Norway
  • Last and not least I have too many animals

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