Archive - September 10, 2012

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Review of Lucinda Wingard (Nigeria 1966-68) YA Novel The Turn-around Bird
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PCVs Return to Nepal

Review of Lucinda Wingard (Nigeria 1966-68) YA Novel The Turn-around Bird

The Turn-around Bird (A Young Adult Book) by Lucinda Wingard (Nigeria 1966–68) Plicata Press $16.00 294 pages 2012 Review by Leita Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) Aimée and Zoe, African American twin teenagers, accompany their father to Timbuktu, where he pursues historical research on the ancient Mali Empire.  At first, the girls find traveling in the endless desert arduous, and the city of Timbuktu boring, with its sand-colored buildings and weird spires and spikes. But through the magie of a genie, Ifrit, they are catapulted back into 14th century Timbuktu, then a mecca of civilization. The girls embark upon adventures replete with tall, dark, handsome princes, caravans, Tuareg warriors, harems, a Griot, a sorcerer and a Sufi mystic. In the magnificent Mansa Kankan Musa’s Golden Empire, the girls learn many things about ancient Africa.  Aimée, who tends to be bookish and fascinated by words, is told that she inherits the gift . . .

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PCVs Return to Nepal

Yesterday, September 9, 2012, 20 PCVs arrived in Katmandu, the first Volunteers to Nepal in eight years. The PCVs, after Training, will work in food security, sanitation and in health projects. The Peace Corps  withdrew Volunteers  in 2004 citing security concerns as Maoist rebels fought government troops.The Maoists joined the peace process in ’06, giving up their armed revolt. The Maoists’ deputy leader Baburam Bhattarai now leads a coalition government. The US removed the Maoists from its list of terrorist groups last week.

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