Thursday, July 9, 2009

Obama's Stare: Who Was She?

It's a famous picture already. President Obama is looking umm sideways. There are plenty of comments already. So where was the picture taken? And who was she?

The picture was taken at the J8 (Junior 8) summit. The delegate in question is described as follows on their web site.


"Mayara Tavares is 16 and lives in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She inherited from her grandmother and father a passion to take part in community action and social movements and has been an activist in her community fighting for children and adolescent rights. She has recently acted as a community researcher interviewing other adolescents in the community about their lives and how it feels for them to be growing up in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro. Through this work she became part of a National Platform for the improvement of poor communities situated in large urban centers, an initiative carried out by UNICEF in Brazil. She also became a member of the Youth Forum in her municipality and hopes that she can continue to engage her peers in this work."

The site had a listing of delegates from as far away as China.The sense you get from the site is that it must have been very exciting for children who undoubtedly had an interest in world affairs to be meeting the faces in the headlines.

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