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ayanna nahmias

is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of The Nahmias Cipher Report, an internationally recognized online news website which features compelling articles, social commentary, and creative writing by TNCR Journalists who are passionate about global affairs and human rights. In her capacity she provides daily oversight over the publication, and also contributes articles with a particular focus on the challenges which women and children face in societies around the world.

The site invites readers to explore the feature articles, and approach each with a critical eye toward current events. There are many sides to every story, and untold experiences of people living in countries with emerging economies where women and children are particularly at risk and human rights abuses seem to be the norm.

The Report seeks to challenge readers to move beyond the accepted standard fare purveyed by most media, often demonizing and convicting an entire society and citizenry. Rather, The Report asks readers to recognize themselves in the “other” and assign blame to the miscreants who truly are the culprits of many of the atrocities that negatively impact us all.

Not every man is bad, not every woman is abused, though many are and they suffer in silence believing that few in the West care. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although they live and die in nation states where man’s inhumanity to man is often justified by religion, this twist of circumstance does not make them inherently complicit.

The Report is an alternative news source which offers different perspectives of world events. Throughout, Ayanna speaks honestly and practically about her experiences and asks The Report journalists to do the same. It is this inside/out approach which personalizes the suffering of others as a catalyst for empathy and action. Ayanna was interviewed about her life in Africa on Radio Netherlands Worldwide in a segment titled “The Resilience of Mothers.” 

Her story was featured as part of “The State We’re In” which highlights “first-person stories from around the world about human rights, human wrongs and how we treat each other.” Her story of survival along with other segments featuring individuals who have surmounted great odds can be accessed anytime on the web.

Born in Florida, Ayanna spent her formative childhood in Africa where her father converted the family to the Islamic faith. As a female child in a culture where women were often devalued, she faced many traumatic experiences, including her father’s verbal and physical abuse, and his attempt to marry her to a much older man.

Having escaped with her mother and siblings from Africa the first time, she subsequently returned at the request of her father who ostensibly wanted to see his children.  Instead, he tried to keep them in Africa while trying to force Ayanna to live apart from her siblings. It was during this visit that she effected a second escape back to America with the intervention of the U.S. government.

Her determination to transcend her past and achieve wholeness led Ayanna to publish The Report to provide a voice for the voiceless, and hope to people who may be facing challenging situations. The publication strives to be non-partisan about religion and politics, though these topics are often reported upon.

Motivational stories from around the world are frequently featured to inspire others to persevere and triumph despite great adversity. Ayanna believes and teaches – and her own life demonstrates - that regardless of social, religious, or economic background or past mistakes, a person’s life can change. The cycle of isolation, despair, and abuse can be broken to allow one to enjoy a purposeful, exuberant, and successful life.

She is a contributor to Forward and The American Spectator , and currently resides in the Washington, DC. For media inquiries, press bookings, and speaker invites, please contact Susan Scribner at (314) 913-1200.

Listen to her interview with Jonathan Groubert, the host of the award-winning radio program, “The State We’re In” on Radio Netherlands Worldwide in association with National Public Radio (NPR).