Armando Gallardo (Vietnam)


Armando Gallardo (Vietnam)

Armando has an extensive background in the fields of Communications, Technology and International Affairs, which he intends to put into practice as a peace fellow in Vietnam. As a visual journalist his work has been published on CNN, The Huffington Post, AJ+ (Al Jazeera), among others and from 2013 to 2014 he held the position of Communications Fellow at the United Nations University for Peace. In the past he has worked at the Organization of American States as a consultant, electoral observer and intern in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI). Additionally, he has worked as a Guardian Ad Litem in the 15th Judicial Court in Florida, where he was appointed by the court to protect the rights and advocate for the best interests of children involved in court proceedings. Inspired by this experience, his desire to speak up and shed light on critical social issues became a priority, which drew him to first obtain a Bachelor’s in Political Science and later a Master’s in Media, Peace and Conflict studies while finding time to volunteer in his community. After the fellowship, he wrote: "Meeting the families and getting to know them as individuals were the best experience for me. After meeting those families there's no way I can't be touched and changed." Contact: agallardo@advocacynet.org



29 Sep

One more week

As most of you know, my (field) work at AEPD started with quite some delays. Field work is and happens to be a key component of the fellowship as it relates to all the different deliverables and components of my work here. Basically, without me going on the field I can’t meet the families that […]

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Posted Sep 29, 2015

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29 Sep

Mr. Xoan’s story (Part II)

Mr. Xoan’s family story has been one of resilience, hope and sacrifice, as shown in a previous blog post. Yet, when we came back to finish our interviews, we were blown out of the water but what we found. Since we didn’t get to see Mr. Xoan last time we came to visit we stopped by […]

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Posted Sep 29, 2015

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18 Sep

Mr. Duc’s workshop

On a previous blog post, I introduced you to Le Thi No. In this case, I’m gonna show you around Mr. Duc’s workshop where he makes the fish sauce that provides the income to support his family. Stand by for a future blog post with his family’s story. In the meantime, enjoy the video.

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Posted Sep 18, 2015

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18 Sep

The eternal ‘Lady in black’

Duong Thi An’s husband, Le Quo Hung, died at the young age of 37 from Agent Orange complications. He fought in the war from 1970 to 1975 and 7 years later he passed away after living a life with headaches, pain on his hands and back and other symptoms that only appeared after he fought […]

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Posted Sep 18, 2015

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18 Sep

12 out of 13

When Mr. Dung first told us his story, it sounded as something that was coming from one of the many documentaries done about Agent Orange; His wife, who also helped during the war by building roads, had 13 children and out of all of them only 1 made it alive. The rest of them didn’t […]

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Posted Sep 18, 2015

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09 Sep

The smile we take for granted

I’m well aware that as human beings they are several times in our lives where comfortability settles in and suddenly we start taking things for granted. Memory doesn’t really serve me well but I do remember a frantic call at around 3 am from my sister. The call started with a bizarre question for such […]

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Posted Sep 09, 2015

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09 Sep

Mr. Xoan’s story (Part I)

Dave Matthew’s “Don’t drink the water” was the first thing that started playing in my mind as Mr. Xoan explained how he was exposed to Agent Orange. ‘I drank it thinking it came from the rain’, he said. Instead the H2O source was a river exposed to the defoliant.; a river that carried tragedy and […]

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Posted Sep 09, 2015

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02 Aug

What’s in a word? (Part II)

Have you ever wondered the weight that words can have and how similar nouns or phrases might just express different concepts and thus have difference consequences for those who say it? If you ever watched President Obama at a press conference you might have noticed that he pauses every so often for what seems as mere milliseconds. This might pass […]

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Posted Aug 02, 2015

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21 Jul

What’s in a word? (Part I)

For those who study communications, media or journalism, language is everything. As a matter of fact, the different languages we speak might potentially even shape the way we understand what is being said or the information that is given within a sentence. Yet, this is something that not many of us take the time to […]

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Posted Jul 21, 2015

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03 Jul

Good Morning, Vietnam

Please visit  goo.gl/b3GQrz for the interactive story. After a week of training, some time to tie up loose ends in DC and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to photograph the scene outside the Supreme Court after the monumental ruling that legalized gay marriage, I finally left for Vietnam. As I stepped on the first plane that will take […]

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Posted Jul 03, 2015

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