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Villages Group: Yasmin Opens the Braille Little Oxford Dictionary

by Assaf Oron.

Yasmin Gebara is a very special young woman from the village of Salem near Nablus. Yasmin is blind from birth.  In September 2004, Yasmin’s father Saael, a taxi driver, was killed in cold blood by a settler who later managed to escape the country before going to prison.

Last month as Yasmin graduated from Nablus University with an English major, we sent an email asking for donations of English literature CD’s, and possibly a Braille dictionary. Faster than lightning, Jamal and Georgina from London answered our call. For the full story and images, visit the Villages Group blog.

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Assaf Oron works as a statistician and moonlights (voluntarily) as a human-rights activist and blogger. He arrived in Seattle from Israel in 2002 for studies, and for now is sticking with the local greyness, dampness and uber-politeness, while plotting his glorious repatriation to the land of eternal sunshine and rudeness. Meanwhile, he tries to explain to anyone who cares to listen, what the Occupation is and why it must be ended now, not later. Assaf is webmaster for the Israeli human rights organization "Villages Group"

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