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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 18 -- August 19, 2009

-- REVIEW --

A mighty tribute

By Harsha Mishra in BAREILLY, Uttar Pradesh, India -- If you are looking forward for a heart-throbbing, eye-opening movie, then watching A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie, is a great choice.

The film, based on a book by Marianne Pearl, showcases the real, tragic kidnapping and murder of her husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, in February 2002. While working in Pakistan, Daniel Pearl, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and killed by terrorists.

Nothing much can be written about the story of the movie as it is non-fiction but the direction, screenplay, cinematography and the acting has certainly made the movie a must-watch.

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When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore four years ago, in 2005, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal, chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at Hurricane Journal. Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the eye of the worst storm in recent history.





-- PHOTOS --


Above and below are photos of the refugee camps on the outskirts of Peshawar where those who fled the fighting in Pakistan's Swat Valley wound up in makeshift tent homes.


They were taken by Mirwais Kakar for Youth Journalism International.


-- NEWS --

Afghans head to the polls

By Edrees Kakar in KABUL, Afghanistan -- Jamil sits in the middle of the road in front of a government ministry in Kabul every day hoping that people walking by will show him some charity.
“I have suffered a lot,” said Jamil, who is in his early 20s. Disabled by war and unable to work, he said, “I need protection and care from the government.”
So when voters head to the polls Thursday for Afghanistan’s second presidential election, Jamil has as much at stake as anyone in the outcome.
“I would definitely use my power to vote for the candidate of my choice,” Jamil said.
The estimated 17 million eligible voters in the country would have a long list of candidates to choose from, with 32 contenders on the ballot for the post of presidency of a country that is still struggling to find peace. Read whole story

A wall in Kabul plastered with campaign posters.

Edrees Kakar/Youth Journalism International

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