North Carolina has always been my home. But for many people who no longer have a home to go back to, North Carolina has become like Oz was to Dorothy: a strange place full of strange faces and strange ideas. But it was also a place full of opportunity and like Oz, North Carolina offers opportunities for Syrian refugees whose lives have been turned upside-down by something much worse than a tornado—civil war.
Why do I care? Though I am a North Carolinian, I am of Syrian descent. Both my mother and father come from two of Syria’s most prominent families and Syrian culture is still a very relevant aspect of my life. But if my grandparents had not been able to immigrate to the United States, like so many hopeful refugee families now fear, I would not be here today. Therefore I will be focusing my blog on the Syrian refugee crisis, analyzing the politics and processes of integrating a family into the United States from their war-torn home of Syria.
This quote by President Franklin D. Roosevelt is one I think we all should remember as citizens of the United States:
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
I feel it is our duty as Americans to help others get “over the rainbow”—so to speak—since our country was founded by those seeking better opportunity. We tend to forget how lucky we are to already be in this country, and this blog will act as a sort of reminder for many of us to be thankful to call it home.