The Rohingya Refugee Crisis- Myanmar

“We ran away from Burma to avoid the bad things they do to girls.” -Mazeda, a  12-year-old Rohingya child in a refugee relief camp in New Delhi They are stateless people who are not recognized by the Myanmar government as legitimate citizens anymore The Rohingya people claim a centuries-old lineage in Rakhine, but according to…

Faces of Resistance: Syracuse

Syracuse is one of the sanctuary cities in America, where refugees have been welcome since 1970s, perhaps even earlier.  The last few weeks saw increasingly frustrated Americans take to the streets to protest President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan. Currently,…

Your Selective Outrage is Disturbing

So you are pro-life. The sight of a little baby makes you go ‘awwww.’ You dress your own toddler in pink booties and lacy frocks. You say ‘amen’ in church when the pastor prays for peace in the world. And then you don’t even bat an eyelid at pictures like this. This is your compassion. And…

To Syria, With Love

Trump can sign any number of executive orders he wants. We will stand together and fight. We will stand by our refugee brethren. And we will not let oppression root out the compassion that makes us human. Donate to make a difference to the people of Syria. You are their hope. Be their hero. All…

Want to help refugees in Syracuse? Here is how

Syracuse has been welcoming refugees from troubled countries since the 1970s. Earlier this month, the City of Syracuse was declared a sanctuary city during Mayor Stephanie Miner’s State of the City address. Donald Trump recently signed an executive order banning refugees from Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.  Out of these seven countries,…

Custom: A Boxing Day Story

26th December 2016 The air was thick with fog. A bleakly shining sun looked ready to die out completely. The streets of Berlin were deserted. And the few people on the street were stopping to talk to no one. Within days, things had changed. Amahl was worried that he would have to leave from here…

10 Dollars for Aleppo

What can 10 dollars buy? A McDonald’s burger and fries meal. A box of fruit and a cup of yogurt. Three bags of chips. A shirt from a thrift store. A couple of cans of soda. A few bars of candy. Numerous other small luxuries and necessities. 10 dollars is all you need to spare,…

The Wretched of Aleppo

Miriam died. And you killed her. 24 Hours ago The city was in ruins. Piles of smoking rubble stood all around the little shanty that had once been a part of an opulent apartment complex in Aleppo. Miriam, a boisterous 6-year-old, lived there with her mother and her father. It was not long ago that…