(Hasan Oswald)

"No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land": This is what the refugee crisis really looks like

These are the people labeled "rabid dogs" and "terrorists" by Republican candidates


Hasan Oswald
January 20, 2016 2:07AM (UTC)

Last year New York City English teacher Hasan Oswald, 27, went to Lesvos, Greece looking to volunteer with refugees entering the country — and to film the process with the goal of humanizing the crisis.

Within the first day of his arrival he was in the water guiding refugee boats to the shore, helping children find their parents and passing out heat blankets for the wet and the cold.

Advertisement:

What Oswald found was a very different picture than what has been painted by the U.S.'s Republican candidates who have called Syrian refugees "rabid dogs" and "terrorists."

This video gives visual meaning to a line in the poem "Home" by Warsan Shire,"You have to understand that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."

Watch.


Hasan Oswald

MORE FROM Hasan Oswald

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Gop Refugees Republican Candidates Syrian Refugee Crisis

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••






Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •