Introducing Crossing Lines: Albuquerque
Crossing Lines is continuing to foster grassroots projects in more cities around the United States, this time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We partnered up with the Refugee Well-being Project at the University of New Mexico during an outdoor version of their weekly 'Learning Circles', which integrate refugee families with locals of the Albuquerque community. At these gatherings, cultural exchange is abundant amidst play time, group activities, and one-on-one interaction.
We spent three years there, imprisoned by barbed wire and armed military who would rather take to violence than use their words. We slept in tents and small houses made of clay, living as best we could in our confinement.
Fear and Love in the Middle East
The moment my foot touched ground outside the train, I felt guilt, not relief. He knew. He knew I was scared of him. He knew why. And he knew he wasn’t a threat.
Illogical Immigration Restrictions
President Trump signed a visa ban against people from Islamic countries, including Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Sudan and Somalia, stopping just short of banning people from entry based solely on religion. For those who [...]
A note to refugees: Travel with peace and good protect you
In 2008, I took a daytrip to Latakia on the Syrian coast to see what had been described to me as the Miami of Syria. A few years later, Latakia was one of the first [...]
No more kebab
I am standing tip-toe on a newly established highline outside of Shiraz. This place is a playground for highliners, clean cliffs and canyons as far as the eye can see, a glimpse of water and greenery below. [...]