By Shiyam Galyon
There is no emergency fund that exists to help displaced students stay in school — so we decided to create one.
Books Not Bombs is creating a scholarship fund to address “gap needs” available to all displaced students. The Books Not Bombs Fellowship is a new fund that will help displaced students cover gap expenses associated with higher education, including registration and exam fees, school supplies and living expenses. To be eligible, a student must have been displaced from conflict and currently be enrolled in a higher education program anywhere in the world.
This means we can…
By Lida Dianti
Founder, USC Students Organize for Syria
On April 26, students at the University of Southern California hosted their first Refugees Welcome dinner, where student leaders, professors and community members were invited to share a meal with recently resettled refugees in the Los Angeles area. The ‘break bread, break barriers’ model was adopted by USC’s chapter of Students Organize for Syria (SOS) in an effort to raise funds the Kinda Alraiss Scholarship. …
By Musaab Balchi
George Mason University
I was working on my school paper today when the chemical attack in Khan Shioun happened. I got traumatized and started to remember the chemical attack on al-Ghouta in 2013, the fear and sadness on everybody’s face in Damascus, and what may happen to my family who are still in Syria. I went to sleep wishing that when I wake up I will be able to prepare for the today’s class, but it did not work.
The hardest part about being a Syrian refugee and student is that you have to forget…
The 2017 Executive Order banning immigration from seven Muslim majority countries affected an estimated 17,000 students in America. Just a few days with the ban being in effect was enough to cause an international uproar — and mobilize tens of thousands of Americans at airports. Here’s a short list of students affected by Trump’s immigration ban whose stories we know.
By Hannah Johnson
Student, Brigham Young University
From October 2014 to March 2016, I had the incredible privilege of serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Frankfurt, Germany. I was serving in an industrial city near Dusseldorf when the Syrian refugee crisis began to directly affect Germany. It is hard to explain what I felt as I started meeting these incredible people. Sometimes we couldn’t communicate, but we would smile at each other to try to show mutual love and support. Sometimes they were lost and I would try to communicate with them…
By Chris Lo Records
Campus Coordinator, Books Not Bombs
“The time for quiet is over. The time for trouble-making has begun.”
Over the past few months, I, along with the entire Books Not Bombs team, have had the privilege to work with campus organizers across the United States to campaign for scholarships for Syrian students. BNB student organizers have demonstrated, written Op-Eds, met with their administration, signed petitions and passed resolutions. Through it all, organizers have called on their campus communities to live up to the inclusive promise of America.
The results have been remarkable: scholarships secured at the University…
By Christopher Lo-Records
Campus Coordinator, Books Not Bombs
The impending executive order from the Trump Administration targeting the United States Refugee Admissions Program should be of concern to all Americans and especially to all Christians.
For decades, the United States led on refugee resettlement, with American Christians in the vanguard. After exerting only minimal efforts to assist with refugee relief during World War II, the United States welcomed a significant number of refugees from Southeast Asia and Central America in the latter half of the 20th century. Countless thousands of these refugees received assistance from Christian relief organizations affiliated with…
Earlier this week, it was announced that President Trump would be signing an executive order banning refugees and migrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. An advance draft from the LA Times states that the ban is being imposed in the name of protecting the American people from people who don’t share our values.
I read the entire document and it’s dangerous. The proposed policy frames banning refugees, particularly from Syria, in the name of “protecting” the American people. It goes on to say we need to tighten our vetting process. …
By Hannah Richardson
University of Evansville 2016
In August of 2012, I moved to the cornfields of Indiana to begin my freshman year of college at the University of Evansville. Eager to learn about the world beyond the Midwest, I walked into our student union on the first day of orientation with my mind drifting to dreams of semesters abroad. To my surprise, I met my very first friend that day, and he was a Syrian.
At this time, the Syrian conflict had been growing for a few years, but it seemed a threat confined to the Middle…
By Ghaith Safi
University of Evansville Class of 2017
My name is Ghaith Safi and I’m currently a fifth year senior at the University of Evansville. I will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Economics.
I was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. I stayed there until I was 16. When the war started, I contacted Monica Ibrahim from EducationUSA and she helped me get accepted to a prestigious boarding school in Utah, Wasatch Academy, where I was able to finish my senior year of high school…
We are students campaigning to get universities to join the @IIEglobal Syria Consortium. Scholarships = hope for Syrian students. Join us.