Longing for Resettlement

This has been a big writing week for me - I don't think I've ever posted on this blog two days in a row, but here we are. I wrote a long piece for Sojourners about a topic near and dear to my heart: refugee resettlement. Since the Executive Order banning refugee arrivals was enacted in late January, I have felt helpless to do much of anything to fight back against a policy that unfairly scapegoats people I dearly value. Sure, I have marched in protests, written letters, and called my senators, but I wanted to do something bigger. This essay is my attempt to do that - to hopefully educate people on refugee resettlement and what it's like for people waiting in refugee camps around the world. It's also been a means to work through my view of America as a place of hope for those refugees who make it through the vetting process and start a new life in this country. 

Dadaab refugee camp. Image via Bjørn Heidenstrøm/Flickr.

Dadaab refugee camp. Image via Bjørn Heidenstrøm/Flickr.

I hope you will click over to Sojourners to view it. I am always honored when people read my words.