Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Their towering dignity

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"Poverty does not necessarily lead to extremism,’ I said. In my head, images of the proud Imams defending their traditions against the murderous corruptions; of the determined youth leader Tawane, risking his life to provide services for the refugees when the aid agencies withdrew for fear of being kidnapped; of Kheyro, working to educate the children of the camp for a pittance; of Professor White Eyes broadcasting his reports on the camp radio. How could I convey their towering dignity, their courage and independence of spirit when they only featured in the official mind as potential terrorists?"

~ Ben Rawlence, City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp, 2016

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