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Unintended consequences

I posted about my friends' loss of their fathers because I was thinking about Danish. He left the slum two weeks ago to work in Saudi Arabia. He will be gone two years. Away from his home, his family, his country. They saw it as the best option for Danish to begin to help the …

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Funeral_procession by Nico Crisafulli

All my friends’ moms are widows

(I shared this somewhere else when it happened, but recent events have me thinking about it again.) Sultan’s ears perked up to hear the mosque's announcement. I usually ignore them because, in a slum of close to 10,000 people, the messages rarely concern my own circle. But I stopped and listened because Sultan wasn’t going …

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Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1913. Photo courtesy National Library of France.

Who is worthy to live here?

On May 31, 1912, nineteen-year-old Frank Zebrauskas and his brother Anthony stepped off a ship onto Ellis Island. Though originating from Lithuania they had used the Russian spelling of their name, Zabrowski, on the ship’s manifest. As with all Ellis Island arrivals, that spelling became their official identification. No pre-approval was necessary and 98% of …

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Jewish passengers on the M.S. St. Louis, who would be refused entry to Cuba, Canada, America, and the UK

A community grows up in America

First was the war. Nations around them fought for power, soldiers and their destruction spilled over and laid waste to their land. Then there was the famine, after a harsh winter destroyed the crops. Hunger reigned. While they were reeling from war and famine came tales of a better life, a book sent by a …

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Español: Personas migrantes de Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala haciendo fila para desayunar en el campamento temporal de la Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca de la Ciudad de México. English: Line of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala waiting for breakfast in Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca temporary camp, Mexico City.

How the caravan got to America

Bosman’s childhood has not been easy. His grandfather was an orphan and had been bonded to a farmer. When Bosman was only four his father took their family to a new land.Bosman’s father worked to make a living there. But it was a hard life. There was political turmoil and a harsh government. Rebellions cropped …

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Sledgehammer

I was getting kids for the literacy program when I saw a crowd gathering in one of the poorer neighborhoods of our community. An older woman was flailing about; three other ladies attempted to restrain her. I told my kids to hurry along without me and approached to see if it was a medical emergency. …

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