International Mother Language Day began in 2000 as a way to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. According to the UN, “Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world's rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are also lost.” It is with this in mind we invite writers to share their voice in honor of their mother tongue. 

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