Repercussions & Reflections

A Journal of the Intersection of ideas and actions on Global Conflict and Local Initiatives published by the William Joiner Center

“The Mother” by David Rankin


To introduce myself, once upon a time I became a mercenary while on a humanitarian mission. For years I suppressed my experience and its validity because I was never a member of any military and the conflict itself has never really been recognized. My exposure to conflict, however, is no less real for all of that.

Recently I began creating a series of performance poetry and paintings which I am transforming into a multimedia project to enhance consciousness about contemporary conflicts – child soldiers, refugees, created famine, effects on women, commercially driven polarization, destabilization for economic gain, etc.

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