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About ndubus

Assistant Professor of Social Work, San Jose State University, USA

Germany and refugees

Tuesday March 29, 2016 This was the first real day. Sunday and Monday were travel days. I am continually amazed that I can travel half way around this globe; And, it was a long haul. Today we navigated our way … Continue reading

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And end to war?

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Day Twenty-four

I fly out today. One last meeting with a member of the ministry. Truth is, I’m not ready to leave. It hasn’t felt like three weeks. My work doesn’t feel done. I am going to miss the people I have … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-three

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, my last full day in Iceland. I meet in Kopavogur. We sit around a table. It is morning, dark, and candles on the table are lit. This I find to be common in my meetings, lit … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-two

This was the plan as requested from the Red Cross in a nearby Municipality: 9-9:15 Short introduction where I tell the participants about my experience and field of research. Short introduction of participants. 9:15- 10:15 Trust in Communication– how do … Continue reading

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Day twenty-one

A group is sitting, discussing their thoughts about the imagined differences between Icelanders and the Syrian families. “We mostly are atheists I would say.” But you have a national religion I say to him. “Some of ¬†us go to church … Continue reading

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Day Twenty

I met a professor of Geography who said he gave a lecture to his colleagues about the geography of Syria. Through the history of its deserts and mountains, and water source he described a history of people, culture, and conflicts. … Continue reading

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Day Nineteen

8:15am ¬†Department of Social Services. “Do you recommend that at child protection services we wait until we are needed later, or set up a case manager now.” Set up a case manager. Better yet… Baby snatcher is a hard rumor … Continue reading

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Day Eighteen

tv interview I find the television station office on the second floor. The office design is warehouse-esque. I meet a young woman who struggles with the coffee maker and I am sorry I said yes when she asked if I … Continue reading

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Day Seventeen

This morning. I strap on ice grippers to my shoes and crunch down the street in the dark for my first appointment of the day. It is before nine. The darkness makes me feel that I am heroically early. I … Continue reading

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