Immigrant Connect and RefugeeLives present the first installment of our 2012 refugee stories. Please visit our companion site – Shifting…
Pyaohn acknowledges the natural barriers, such as age and time, to realizing his career goals now, but for this Karen Burmese refugee, there’s something far more important than opportunity; and that is braving the truth and attaining dignity.
“My home? Me? This is home,” Nabeel Aywab says as he looks around the living room – two couches, a coffee table, a ticking clock – and he repeats himself, “This is home.”
For Gebre, everything he knew about Chicago, he learned from watching “Home Alone.” When he came to Chicago he did not own a winter jacket. Now, at the start of his second winter in the city, he remembers his shock and delight at seeing snow for the first time.
One sunny weekday when I was in sixth grade, a series of impatient knocks shook our front door. My mom…
‘Life is full of choices…choose carefully,’ reads the wall poster at New Delhi’s Fateh Institute – a nurse’s first stop on the way to work in the West.
In the U.S. Census’ most recent American Community Survey, it is estimated that 51,972 people of Arab descent currently live…
As I massage his legs in India, I remember the scars I had noticed years earlier back in Chicago. As the morning passes, I walk out to see the village, taking a walk that day in his shoes, as the saying goes.
“If they bring him back, they will kill him,” said Ngozi, who grew up in Nigeria but now lives in Memphis. “I promise you, they will kill him.”
As long as we’re picking on him, he says, we’re leaving somebody else alone.
The major defining component of what makes one a refugee and what makes one an asylee is the place where one applies for refugee status.