Two weeks ago, I went back to my “home” here in the US – North Carolina, for Thanksgiving. This is the one holiday that I anxiously wait for all year long. My Rotary host family cooks for two days, all from scratch, and then on Thursday we gather around a very international table with friends from all over the world.

Funny thing is that on occasions like these, where diversity is so present, you usually introduce yourself and the second question is: Where are you from?

Where are you from? My answer is Brazil. It is the country where I was born, it is my identity, it is where my family is, it is the first place that comes to my mind when I hear the word “home”, it is where I find my favorite food, it is one of the main reasons why I chose to work in child rights.

This year, 7 countries were represented in our thanksgiving: The USA, Brazil, Armenia, Benin, Sudan, Colombia and Italy, most of them alumni or current students at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke.

During dinner, some of my friends and I discussed the situation of Palestine. Although we might have different views of what and how things should be done, we all wish for long-lasting and sustainable peace in that region.

After such an amazing nigh, I went to bed thinking what a priviledge it is to have a nationality and a citizenship, be part of a State which is fully recognized and respected by the international community and have your cultural identity linked to that.

Last week, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to elevate Palestine from a non-member observer entity to a non-member observer state (If you wish to read more about that, this is a good article: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/29/world/meast/palestinian-united-nations/index.html). I hope this improves the current situation and get Israel and Palestine closer to a fair and peaceful agreement.

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