Barbra Bearden (Kosovo)

Barbra Bearden (Kosova Women’s Network – KWN): Barbra Bearden graduated in 2004 with a BA in Communications from Centenary College of Louisiana. She then worked in non-profit development and external communications; corporate public relations and marketing; and website design. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Louisiana Chapter), Sigma Tau Delta honors society, and the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. At the time of her fellowship, Barbra was pursuing her Masters in International Communications at American University in Washington, DC.



A Better Perspective

12 Jun

It occurs to me, in the light of day and with the noise of the city below me, that I my have been a little negative in my last blog. What can I say, when an extrovert is cooped up in an apartment all day, alone, because of dismal weather – negative is what you get. In combination with the history of the region (which I am currently reading and is quite horrific), my statements came out a little melodramatic.

Let me elaborate a bit and perhaps I can better explain. This is a major city and, like so many New Yorkers, the people of Pristina go about their daily business with very little distraction. This of course is aside from the numerous coffee breaks (taken both at home and in cafés). It is not to say that poverty is not a problem and people are not traumatized by the war – but more that people LIVE above the problems facing Kosova.

Pristina is full of vital citizens who are active in their government, their extended families and the world at large. There is a dark history here; that is more than apparent. But more importantly, there is hope for a bright future.

More on KWN, later. For now, I think I will venture out (on this sunny but still cool day) to find a kebab.

Posted By Barbra Bearden (Kosovo)

Posted Jun 12th, 2006

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