Is there anything that you see in how refugees are normally spoken about that doesn’t get the whole picture? What is usually left out when refugee narratives are shared?
Luna: “In the grand scheme of how people talk about refugees, and even in the political scheme… it’s very… distanced from the topic. For people like us, who are refugees and understand what we went through and what it feels like, to be spoken about in a very inhumane way, it feels as if we do not matter. Many people assume that we come from uneducated backgrounds, however, the people that we know—and for ourselves—we came from very educated backgrounds. We made a really good living for ourselves. We’re honest people who work hard to be where we are.
…people forget that we’re also human. And we came from different cultures—and we have traditions and things that you might never have heard of or understand.
“The prevalence of the negative narrative towards refugees is really damaging. And no matter what your perspective is, I think people forget that we’re also human. And we came from different cultures—and we have traditions and things that you might never have heard of or understand. I think the view on refugees is very distanced and detached. Refugees and immigrants have uprooted their whole lives, usually not for a positive reason, because they’re escaping some kind of war or persecution. For us, we’re Christians who were being persecuted for our faith. I think people forget that narrative and just look at it from a third-person point of view.”COVID-19 →