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Blue Card

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Since it began processing requests itself, Israel has approved only one asylum request, an albino girl from the Ivory Coast.
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Mighty Map of Sudan

Mighty Map of Sudan | Espositista-Aliga, Sudan | Scoop.it
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Sudan is beautiful country in terms of its landscape; it has many sandy desert-like areas that create a warm and relaxing feeling. However, Sudan is a war-torn country, with not many safe areas to reside in so visiting this place would not be recommended. It’s a shame that a country with much potential to be a beautiful place is tainted by the horrors of gunfire, child soldiers, and no control.

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The Good Braider

The Good Braider | Espositista-Aliga, Sudan | Scoop.it
In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family s journey from w...
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The Good Braider is about a young girl, Viola, who is trying to deal with the adversity and challenges of war in Sudan. Because of this, she is forced to relocate to Cairo but is eventually free by immigrating to the U.S. While being able to move to the U.S. is a blessing for Viola and enables her to get out of her war-torn town she also has to deal with a plethora of changes. Viola goes from a world where woman have strict rules to live by to a world in which women essentially have complete freedom and the differences in lifestyle and the needs of everyday life. We see this in the book when Viola says, "When she comes home, she says we have to find jobs so we can pay for rent and heat and electricity, things we had no need for in Sudan"(97).

 

This relates to my scope of dealing with changes when immigrating because when Viola and her family were in Sudan and Cairo they didn't have to worry about the things that they have to worry about here in America. Their most important worry or need was finding food and protecting themselves from the enemy army and most importantly, escape. In the book it depicts how hard it is to escape when they are remembering what Jacob says, "Take the old paths through the jungle. Two days or three. Avoid the main roads. If you travel the main roads, the SPLA soldiers will take you"(53). So, coming from a world where all your worried about is keeping a low profile and staying away from the soldiers to a world were you have to worry about paying for rent and utilities, it's a breath of fresh air because finally they are safe and free from the fear of being captured. Yet the common denominator is stress. Despite the fact that worry will always be in their life, they are over to overcome it.

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Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down | Espositista-Aliga, Sudan | Scoop.it
When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice...
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The book Never Fall Down seems very interesting, it’s about a boy named Arn who is separated from his family when he is put into a labor camp. I would read this book because it’s based on a true story and it seems like a book that once you get into it, it will be a quick read. Also, it’s a story about trails and hardships Arn goes through and how he works and fights to be liberated form this camp and the life he’s been living. Overall, it seems like a great story about determination and perseverance which are my favorite types of stories.

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UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency

UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency | Espositista-Aliga, Sudan | Scoop.it
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The UNHCR is an organization that was created by the United Nations General Assembly, their main focus is to help refugees start a new, refreshed life. Advocacy is the key ingredient to their mission to protect refugees, the UNHCR works to help transform various elements of different countries such as political, economic, and social aspects and encourage them to be up to the international standards by doing this it directly affects the lives of refugees because if their countries policies are able to reformed it may make it possible for them to reside in their home country and enable them to live a peaceful life which is the number one goal. This organization creates opportunities for refugees to have protection and assistance, since the organization was created they have touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

 

This relates to my scope of refugee because this organization directly helps refugees at all stages. This organization helped Viola escape from their sticky situation. They got their applications for refugee from the UNHCR, then she receives something in the mail and says, "Inside I see it. The blue card that means we are eligible for resettlement. I catch my breath"(87). When they are notified that they can be relocated and to Portland, Maine of all places, it's such an amazing time for her and her family that her stone-cold mother smiles, she shows joy for one of the first and only times Viola sees her do something like that. However, before this, the whole journey was a scary, trialling time for Viola, she states, "The sight of the soldier's long, unshaven throat makes me nauseous. In that second I fear I will die from the pounding of my heart"(31). This fear that she had come before she had a group like the UNHCR to advocate for her, give them the resources they need and help them escape from Sudan and Cairo and get the into the U.S. and out of harms way.

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