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Mariya Ilyas '14, Davis Peace Prize Winner, Reflects on Pakistan Experience

Story posted September 21, 2011

Mariya Ilyas ’13Having received a Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace award coordinated through Bowdoin Career Planning, Mariya Ilyas '13 spent the summer in her native Pakistan, starting a high school newspaper at Al-Imtiaz Academy, a secondary school for working-class families in Abbottabad.

Ilyas lived there until she was eight, long before it became known as the location where Osama bin Laden was killed. Ilyas reflects on the experience of being back in a land that has seen such turbulence and what introducing journalism to students meant to them, and to her. Read more »