Global Community through the eyes of a UN Peacekeeper: a personal journey observing people, cultures and shared concerns

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About Ronald Quejas-Risdon

I believe that by understanding and helping others I am making the world a better place.   It has been my desire to experience living in other cultures while getting to know people on a personal level.  Along the way I discovered that what we share as humans far outweighs our differences; an optimistic view that is greatly challenged by current events and the changing political climate.  This continues to be a driving force in my life, my travels and writing.

About the Book

I have two passions in life.  I love to travel and to document what I see through my photographs and writing.  You can sample both by going to the blog link above.  I have other interests including family, cooking (for myself, would never subject others to that) music, art, social justice to name a few.

I wrote a memoir based on my life, travels, close calls and insights gained along the way.   I invite you to go to the book page above to learn more.

To see more photos go to the gallery, or follow the blog.

Latest Blog Posts

A Headteacher’s “Wish List”

May 31, 2020

This painting titled “My Village in Sudan”, taken from the UNHCR Refugee Art website was done by a young Sudanese artist named Bor Alier.  Bor lives in Kakuma and was aged 17 when he did this.  He explained his painting this way:  “People came to visit our village and ask how we were and what…

Refugees in East Africa

May 15, 2020

Well, I am pleased to say I got immediate feedback on the last blog including requests for more background on the refugee situation in East Africa. I usually try to keep it short, not wanting to bore the poor reader but as this is an important subject and one in which I have considerable first-hand…

(c) Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran / Unamid

Ramadan Mubarak

May 4, 2020

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone, especially my Muslim colleagues, a Ramadan Mubarak.  In these times I think it is good to reflect not only on Ramadan, a period of spiritual re-dedication and renewal for the estimated 1.9 billion Muslims worldwide, but also on the religion of Islam itself.  In the…