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About Kristi Rendahl (53 Articles)
Originally from a family farm in North Dakota, Kristi Rendahl lived and worked in Armenia from 1997-2002 and visits the country regularly. She works with the Center for Victims of Torture as the organizational development advisor to 10 torture treatment centers around the world, and is pursuing a doctorate in public administration. Rendahl writes a monthly column for The Armenian Weekly. She resides in St. Paul, Minn.
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Rendahl: In Limbo

“It’s the little things, like when you reach for something to read and you realize your books aren’t there,” my friend said as she tried to describe what it’s like to live in limbo. I met the Armenian-Syrian family again while I was in Lebanon and a new family member was with them this [more...]

December 31, 2013 // 3 Comments

Rendahl: Top Three Ways to Learn Armenian

I’m doing it. I’m doing that thing bloggers do to get people’s attention: creating a top-three list. The list is about learning Armenian. You could apply the list to any language, really, but I’ve been lazy about using Armenian in recent months, so this is mostly a self-serving attempt to [more...]

November 22, 2013 // 30 Comments

Rendahl: Coffee Goddess

I was in Cameroon at the beginning of September. “The Cameroons,” my uncle called it, accidentally. It was a term used when part of present-day Cameroon was under British colonial rule and administered as two areas. But I didn’t know that at the time he said it, so I laughed. The author in [more...]

September 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

Rendahl: A New Toast

If you’ve ever read my blog, you may have noticed that many of my posts bear the label “strangers.” That means it’s a story about someone I didn’t know, but now do. It also means that they’re remarkable in some way, as people tend to be. We’re taught to treat strangers with a certain [more...]

August 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

Rendahl: Thinking of Swaray on June 26

Seidu Swaray and I are the same age. But in February 2002, when I was enjoying life, his town was attacked by LURD* rebels. I met him in Liberia last year and he introduced himself as Swaray. His mother gave birth to 12 children and 4 survived. He was the first in his family to finish high school. [more...]

June 26, 2013 // 2 Comments

Rendahl: Vay, Vay, Vay

Armenians are quick to tell you what a rich language they have, and with good cause. Those 39 letters (or 36, depending on who’s reading this) have a history. There’s a reason why my friends at Manana Youth Center are raising money to create an animated film series of the Armenian alphabet. [more...]

June 20, 2013 // 364 Comments

Together We Learn

Kristi (center) with Gayane and Bob April was for me an intensive course in the plight of minorities, human rights, and conflict-affected peoples. It started when I attended a documentary screening of “Education Under Fire,” which tells the story of how people of the Bahá’í faith in Iran [more...]

May 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Rendahl: Looking Forward

It was late one evening last week when I e-mailed a friend seeking inspiration for something to write about. “E-mail me the first three things that come to mind,” I said. “Don’t worry about what they mean or don’t mean, it’s a creative exercise.” He wrote back at 3:00 in the morning: [more...]

April 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

Two Prostitutes, Three Peanut Sellers, and Me

There have been days when I wonder whether I’ve become desensitized to the chaos and suffering in the world. I’ve witnessed the poverty of West Africa, the political turmoil of the Balkans, and the trans-generational trauma of Cambodia, and each is worthy of a thousand days of tears, yet I shed [more...]

March 5, 2013 // 12 Comments

Rendahl: The Compulsive Armenian

Within an hour of talking to me—nay, 15 minutes—people know something of my history with Armenia and Armenians. “Are you Armenian?” they ask with reasonable skepticism. I watch the credits roll more times than I’d care to admit, waiting to see the tell-all sign of an Armenian’s [more...]

January 9, 2013 // 39 Comments

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