While the conversation with Pratibha has been the most emotional interview to date, the Dec. 1 talk at LPC UWC was the most emotional presentation.
Maybe the Prices and Linda’s presence in the audience, good friends who had played a big role in getting me out of a Qatari jail and making my presence there possible, was to blame.
Maybe what was responsible for it being so emotional was being in front of so many UWC students, many of whom I felt I could relate to and vice versa.
Maybe the memory of the depth of despair that overcame me when I was left alone in the private cell, mid-afternoon of May 1, 2013, was responsible for it!
Or maybe it was a combination of either some of the above or all of the above!
Regardless, it was the first of the four presentations I would make on the topic at international schools during my two-week visit to Hong Kong. The other three were made at Shatin College (on Dec. 8), Creative Secondary School, (on Dec. 9) and International College Hong Kong (on Dec. 10).
I talked about my life, my educational and professional experiences — both at the UWCs and elsewhere — what the UWC experience and education meant to me, and how what I am doing now is in line with the UWC mission and values.
Enjoy the video! And if you are a UWCer, feel free to share what your UWC experience means to you.