“Refugees At Our Door”


Much of what is happening all over the world is not only very troubling, it makes me unhappy. What does help to ease this feeling is to write . Writing is a therapeutic activity, and I think often times, the written word is the  only way we can get our voice heard. I believe in the power of the written word, to enable change. Much of the time I feel helpless to make a difference, and so I write, speak out, and sign petitions.

Tonight I heard Pulitzer Prize Winner, Sonia Nazario who is the is the author of “Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother.”

I was compelled to write about the interview I listened to, and what I read about her, and the work she is involved with, because she has a very powerful message.

Sonja Nazario’s op ed in the New York Times, “Refugees At Our Door” is an eye opening article. Most of us are completely aware of what is going on with the refugees fleeing Syria, but how many of us are aware of what is taking place between Mexico and the United States boarder, where Donald Trump is wanting to build his infamous wall.

Central Americans are attempting to escape with their lives, where they are threatened by gangs involved with the drug cartel.. Mexico and The United States are both complicit  in what is taking place with these refugees. Mexico is either imprisoning these people, placing them in shelters or they are immediately sent back to Central America, where more often than not, they are killed by the gangs they have run from.

This is a story that needs to be told, is a situation that needs to be changed. In the same way, those fleeing the violence in Europe, these Central Americans are also in need of our care and shelter.



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