Ted Samuel

Aaron "Ted" Samuel (Jagaran Media Center): Ted graduated from Kenyon College in 2005 with a degree in international studies. He earned college and departmental honors and was inducted to both the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Iota Rho Honor Societies. He was also awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and Franklin Miller Award for his campus leadership, activism and efforts in raising money for tsunami relief. In 2005 to 2006 Ted served as a Fulbright research fellow in South India where he researched the social movement of the Aravani – or South Indian Transgender – community. After his fellowship, Ted wrote: “Though some parts of [my] travels ranged from uncomfortable to heartbreaking, the images I saw and the people I met are forever engrained into my mind and I will be able to share these experiences with others for the rest of my life.”



(Even More) Arrested Developments

10 Aug

My colleagues who were involved in the protests at Singha Durbar did not return to the office yesterday. Even though we expected them to arrive sometime in the afternoon – as they had done in the demonstrations earlier – I was not incredibly worried about thier safety as I walked home.

Today, however, I learned that the demonstrations got a bit more heated. Rem Bishwokarma, for instance, showed us bruises he got during the arrest. Suvash Darnal, the chair of JMC, recounted how women protesters were harrassed and “mishandled” by the police. These events sparked even more protests in other parts of Nepal. Obviously the playful game-like pattern that I had described in yesterdays blog entry didn’t apply to the third day of these consecutive protests.

This incidence just serves as a reminder of how serious the political and security situation is over here. Nothing can be taken for granted in this time of uncertainty.

Posted By Ted Samuel

Posted Aug 10th, 2007

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