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November 27, 2015

Just Another Refugee Kid

I couldn't understand why I caused such offense. I wasn't a communist, both my parents worked so hard for their money they never had time for us, and I bathed every single day! But I was an "Utlanning," an outlander. As a child, I never considered the motivation or reasoning of my peers, I just accepted it was my fault. I suppose refugees represent a grab on precious commodities, the ones that should rightfully be yours. This makes sense if you are in a refugee camp standing in line for food for your kids, and someone cuts ahead of you and gets the last bowl. Hey, I was here before you! Me first! I can certainly understand this. But what if there is plenty to go around? What if your portion doesn't diminish because someone else shows up at dinner, but it only makes the table a more varied one?

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