Somehow I Am Different

Narratives of searching and belonging in Jewish Budapest

Tablet Mag: Refugees Tell Their Stories

This moving article written by Amir Tibon and published by Tablet Magazine explores the stories of Syrian refugees as told by Syrian refugees.

Amir's conclusion to this piece hits a nerve in my system this afternoon.

He writes, "Hoping that the world will do something was the main reason people from Syria were so glad to talk with journalists like myself during the first two years of the war. Very few Syrians I met in 2012 refused to talk with me back then. But last month, in the freezing-cold camp in Serbia, dozens of people I approached said no: Men and women, young and old, Arabs and Kurds, well-dressed and wearing rags. I didn’t try to change their minds. What could I possibly tell them? That talking to me would make a difference? That public opinion could create a sense of urgency? That the world needs to know what they’re going through?

The world knows."

So, friends, readers, and followers: What do we do?

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