The Pure of Heart

July 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm (Uncategorized)

I am meeting amazing people here, people who are rich as kings on the inside even if they don’t have spectacular material wealth, which really can’t bring happiness.

Freedom from financial security is one thing, having enough money to take nice vacations and give to charity is good, but I prefer what my friends have here to a 10,000 square foot house any day.

On the other hand, most young people want to leave Jordan because there isn’t much opportunity here, job-wise or education-wise. So there is an understanding that a decent salary is worth a lot and necessary for quality of life.

An update–it’s been a busy week because I found an apartment, moved, had a midterm, and did a copywriting job all at once.

I thought about moving into a nice apartment in the Abdoun neighborhood, but it was a tad pricey and pretty far from my school. The woman who lives there, though, is amazing. She is from Iraq, and of Christian Assyrian background.

She works for the UN, and at one point was making daily flights into Iraq to deliver social workers and supplies. She says almost everyone who works in Iraq, and at this point there is a gold rush’s worth of organizations, entrepreneurs, contractors and social workers there–are based here in Amman.

She says that Iraq is actually submitting a human rights report of its own situation to the Human Rights Council (most countries do this), and she just got back from Geneva, where she’d accompanied Iraq’s group of folks who will be writing the report so they could see how it is done.

She said there is prison reform going on, and torture survivors are receiving some counseling.

Angelina Jolie is in Amman now, and also went to Baghdad recently, and released a very interesting statement. I’ll try to add it to this blog.

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