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I am a foreigner currently on Amnesty visa, I would like to stay here and pursue my degree in Master's in Human Rights at Mahidol University and get a student visa. I am here for self-preservation and have been on survival mode for quite sometime. I would like to fulfill my dreams while surviving.

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3 months ago

Hello I AM VIDA MAE SORIANO, I am a registered nurse by profession and an educator by training. I come from the Philippines.

I came to Thailand almost two years ago  for self-preservation, to heal myself and move forward with my life.

My interest with HUMAN RIGHTS started from the day that I was born. I was born only a few months after the death of my father. Hence the name "vida"- which means life in Spanish.

My father was an Air Force Officer, he was killed the very same home where I grew-up in. I am the youngest of 5 kids and my mother was pregnant with me when he was shot.

He was killed by the rebel group named New People's Army. This group sprung as a reaction to the many human rights violations and oppressions of the regime created and dictated by then President Marcos.

I am not here to solve all of my problems, nor my country's for that matter. I am here to empower myself through education and emancipate myself from all the trappings of being a victim of some form of abuse and violence, long before my father died.

But all that brought me to here and I know I am where I am supposed to be. Even in those moments where I feel the most shattered and vulnerable. There will come a time when justice will be sought, but it cannot be done without transcedance of the self and preparation. A preparation that in life, some times we cannot  get all that what we aspire, all that is right or all that is due for one. Because we simply are not as powerful nor as rich as the people whom have tresspassed or transgressed against us. But we can try.

One French philosopher once said that we all ahve two lives; the first one ends  when we realize we only have one.  I  only have one life and I will not waste it on seeking elusive retributions from people whom have already taken so much from me. I want to start anew and be of service to humanity, while I am breathing. Please donate whatever amount is good for your soul and light in your pocket. I do qualify for a scholarship at Mahidol but they only give scholarships to refugees from MYANMAR now, and my savings will not be enough to sustain me for two months, since no school is hiring and working while studying will be spreading my self too thinly.

Thank you ang keep safe.





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