SLAM: The Lady from Afar (Dasha Kelly Hamilton)

“The energetic lady from afar opened the floor while hitting some cool musical notes… a first for the listener. As she swayed back and forth, it became unclear to the perplexed listener, whether it was her body or her tongue which was drowning in an avalanche of words…

A story was told and a dozen more unfolded

The gradual slamming of words into hungry brains was soon translated into spoken words with meanings; each his or her own. The unlearnt listener was being taught the ways of Slam 101. A story was told and a dozen more unfolded. The listener was in awe as the words flew around him.

“Give her a ten”, he thought but “Give me a seven", was all he could hear

He watched as the new voices as they sprout with novel ideas and he watched as the girl in hijab sent an outcry to her lord, to her people, to all people… The listener is no slammer, or at least so he thought before the lady from afar spoke. So here he is, awkwardly trying to slam up through the clickety clack of a keyboard with the world as stage through some mysterious technological device… “Give her a ten”, he thought but “Give me a seven", was all he could hear.Again he says, give her a ten, give the lady from afar a ten, give Dasha a ten…The watch did not say three minutes and ten, but it still ended at three ten...”

A special thanks to Dasha Kelly Hamilton and to the US embassy for this commendable initiative. The Young Queer Alliance is always in appreciation to the wonderful activities organized by the US embassy which aim to empower the young people, promote well-being and education.

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  • Eric Whitaker (U.S. Department of State)

    I find the youngsters of Young Queer Alliance very creative and I welcome this shelter project in Mauritius. Congratulations for this beautiful project that I will surely narrate at Washington. 

  • Saarvesh Doorjean (Peer Outreach, YQA)

    I am so proud of us. I have learnt many things and got to know many people working with the Young Queer Alliance. A big thank you and the team at YQA.

  • Aldo Dell'Ariccia (European Union)

    I took the opportunity to comment the initiative of the Young Queer Alliance for launching a national campaign theme "Equality for All", and thank the members of the association for their determination and dynamism.

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