Katherine Kraft, an expert on the Middle East, talks about refugees and matters of identity.
You should absolutely read this.
by Kathryn Kraft*
Did you know that many Syrians who flee their country choose not to register with the UN as refugees? There are many reasons for this, but one important reason is that they don’t like the images that the word ‘refugee’ conjures. If they were to officially become refugees, they would be eligible for various types of assistance, including food rations and possible resettlement to another country. But they absolutely do not want to lose their identity. They see themselves as Syrians first and foremost, and also associate with their chosen career, their extended family, their interests and passions.
The media seems to have landed on a simple but somewhat misleading image capturing ‘the refugee’,
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