Devin Greenleaf (Nepal)


Devin Greenleaf

Devin Greenleaf (Jagaran Media Center): Devin developed his business and marketing skills in the private sector before pursuing a BA in English at the University of Utah. His spent his spare time programming the Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival and teaching language and life skills to immigrants. At the time of his fellowship, Devin was studying for a Master’s degree at American University’s School of International Service, where he researched the intersection of communication and international human rights. Devin was also active in the American University’s Center for Social Media.



24 Aug

Coming Home

I’m not sure how three months have moved so swiftly, but I have just returned from my time in Nepal. It has been 23 bus rides, eight flights, countless taxi rides, two knock-down drag out flues and thousands of ‘momos’ since I began my work this summer. But sadly, the time has come for me […]

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Posted Aug 24, 2007

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02 Aug

Filming Dalan

  The JMC produces a television series called Dalan which depicts the lives and struggles of three generations of Dalits. The following shots are from a recent taping.                  

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Posted Aug 02, 2007

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01 Aug

The generation gap

Youth seems to represent both a crisis and opportunity within the confines of tradition. It allows freedom from history and space to negotiate one’s own response to what the world delivers, but puts us in check when the system seems so much bigger than we are. Take the 19 year old Dalit boy from the […]

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Posted Aug 01, 2007

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01 Aug

I’m not growing old

Two young twenty-somethings illustrated a different facet of the generation gap by sharing a slice of life for Dalit youth in Chitwan. They told me they’d found themselves in a social circle free from the confines of caste, as many of their friends were non-Dalits and cared little for an awkward division they had no […]

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Posted Aug 01, 2007

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28 Jul

The Rest of the Story

When I arrived in Kathmandu I began digging under rocks to find the places where the undercurrents of discrimination lay. I engaged people in conversations and would occasionally move from the topical to the substantive to understand the powerful generalizations that contribute to exploiting the Dalit. One such conversation about educational opportunities led to the […]

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Posted Jul 28, 2007

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27 Jul

Standing Next to a Revolutionary

I’ve been lucky enough in my relatively short life to see a good portion of the globe. From Seattle to Barcelona, Bangkok to Kathmandu, there has been one face to whom I’ve grown quite accustom – Che’Guevarra’s. In fact, I’m almost convinced that next to Ralph Lauren, he may be one of the greatest T-shirt […]

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Posted Jul 27, 2007

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15 Jul

A Country Within a Country

I’ve been traveling into the far reaches of Nepal over the past several weeks working on a project for the JMC. Each place presents a new landscape, new people, and a sense that Kathmandu is extremely far away in more ways than one. I spent a few of these days meeting Dalits who remain exploited […]

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Posted Jul 15, 2007

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06 Jul

The Real Nepal

Central level government figures were in attendance at the assembly, but the focus was on Chairman Prachanda of the CPN (Maoist) party. I must say it was pretty exciting to be in such close proximity to such an important political figure at this juncture in Nepali history. Regardless of Prachanda’s politics, he did express a […]

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Posted Jul 06, 2007

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06 Jul

Images of Western Nepal

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Posted Jul 06, 2007

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06 Jul

1976 -

I’m standing before her, staring at her rough weathered hands as she crouches over a pile of rocks. She spends her days with a small steel hammer pounding stones from the nearby river into small marble sized pieces. These pieces are destined to become cement and pavement in towns many miles away. If she can […]

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Posted Jul 06, 2007

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03 Jul

Summer Home

It was such a relief to walk through the throngs of taxi drivers and ‘tourist agents’ waiting for the few tourists arriving at the Kathmandu airport. I was to simply look for a greeter carrying a sign with my name. There it was, “Mr.GREENLEAF”. I shook the young girls hand, stuffed my bags into the […]

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Posted Jul 03, 2007

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22 Jun

Foreign Dalit

This weekend marked an incredibly important occasion for civil rights in Nepal. The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) in conjunction with 19 other civil society organizations, assembled over 2000 Dalits from every corner of Nepal. The purpose of this historic assembly was the creating of a unified agenda for inclusion in the New Nepal. It was […]

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Posted Jun 22, 2007

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22 Jun

National Dalit Assembly

CPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda addressees participants of the National Assembly of Dalits, as one of his un-armed bodyguards surveys the perimeter.

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Posted Jun 22, 2007

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22 Jun

Adaptation

I walk to work every day beside an incredibly busy street called Naya Baneshwar road. If it were in the states, it would look like a wide two lane street. But since there’s really no reasonable answer why bikes, mopeds, tuktuks, cars and buses can’t share lanes amidst horn blasts and exhaust, the road and […]

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Posted Jun 22, 2007

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19 Jun

Distance

Yesterday marked two-weeks in country and it is not lost on me that I’ve yet to blog at length about the very reason I am here – Dalits and caste-based discrimination. The fact is I don’t quite know how to approach an issue that is all but invisible to a foreign eye. Sure I’ve read […]

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Posted Jun 19, 2007

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13 Jun

Seasick

A newspaper in Kathmandu costs 5 cents and is a wonderful companion to a Nepali breakfast of milk tea and limki (chicklet shaped pastry). It treats you to news that seems incredibly distant and at times fantastical. Apparently, tigers are still sneaking into villages and stealing children. For a guy who spent his last year […]

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Posted Jun 13, 2007

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13 Jun

The Office

The Office Today marked my first day at the Jagaran Media Center (JMC). Pratik, a young manager at just 30 years old picked me up on his motorcycle, and rode me into the office. It’s a much bigger office compound than I’d expected comprising two separate buildings which stand two stories high. After slipping off […]

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Posted Jun 13, 2007

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13 Jun

Haircuts on Haribot

My head is tingling and my neck feels as if my spinal column has been replaced with jelly. I am returning from the most interesting barber visit I have ever experienced. In serious need of a haircut before he left for the hills of Baglung, Tassos, a fellow Advocacy Project compatriot and I visited the […]

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Posted Jun 13, 2007

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04 Jun

From Washington to Kathmandu

I depart for Nepal in a matter of days. Already I feel great hope, excitement, and nervous anticipation for what this summer will bring. I am so lucky to be able to stand beside a body of people invested in their cause with their lives. I am also thrilled to be able to attach faces […]

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Posted Jun 04, 2007

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