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I have an obligation
To help my torn nation
Through moments of severe frustration
Throughout the entire duration

Through humanitarian aid and donation
Helping people who have been affected by migration
Those who are learning new languages lost in translation
Those who are adapting to new situations
While their country is undergoing reformation

I have an obligation
To help my torn nation
Through struggles and adaptations
To save them from salvation

I have a responsibility
To establish a climate of decency and civility
To the best of my ability
And show empathy and relatability

It is my civic obligation and duty
To respect the rights of all, but truly
It is my duty to assist people of all walks of life, trying
To fight and advocate for those being silenced

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First Sandy Hook on December 14th, 2008, then Las Vegas on October 1st, 2017, and finally Parkland on February 14th, 2018. These are just three of the 176 shootings that have occurred in the United States since the 1st of August, 1966. In the last 52 years, the citizens of the world have seen, heard, and mourned the deaths of 1,246 people, 199 of those being children, throughout 42 states from the irresponsible use of firearms in mass public shootings.

Following mass shootings in the United States, citizens are overcome with emotion towards the incident involving. These shootings are caused…

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In today’s world, there are over seven billion people, people of distinct races and ethnicities, each one with unique backgrounds and experiences. Living in such a diverse world, one would hope that a common ground exists where every citizen can respect the individuality of humankind and treat each other as equals. Unfortunately, we have a long way to go for this global respect to be achieved. Within societies, there tends to be a standard of an ideal person, someone who embodies perfection and is a role model that everyone should strive to emulate. In today’s world, this idealized persona tends…

I have always been passionate about Human Rights. Ever since I was a little kid, I always wondered why inequalities exist and why people cannot accept one another as they are. As I grew older and began to travel with my family, and seeing the world for myself, I began to realize that people are, in fact, not being provided with their basic human rights. Whether a result of local or national government policies, people are not being treated equally. This situation is so much worse, especially for children, women, and other marginalized groups.

Having lived in the US for…

Ilina Kabra

Ilina Kabra is a senior in high school from Switzerland. She writes about current affairs, civil rights, and both political advocacy and human rights advocacy.

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