At first, people kept asking me why I came to the United States. Then, it was so hard for me to answer them why, but now I can answer them without hesitation. I will just simply tell them that it is because I want a better life.
I’m sharing my story to let people see how immigrants experience difficult situations. My family is from Baghdad. It is the capital city in Iraq, and it is actually beautiful. But sometimes it is not safe to live there, especially when there is war.
In our travels across Atlanta we asked a handful of teen immigrants and teens with immigrant parents what the “American Dream” meant to them. Here’s what they said.
This semester, VOX took on a topic that is rampant in mainstream media, especially since the last presidential election: immigration. A series of self-expression workshops this semester resulted in a lot of voices from teens who are refugees and immigrants, including this video.
“When you govern this nation, You govern the PEOPLE. Keep belittling us and we’re going to rise up higher than your ego.”
Black Lives Matter. Immigration. Sustainability. LGBTQ rights. Mental health in the prison system. Education. Intersectionality. VOX visited Emory’s Youth Theological Initiative to discuss these issues and other social justice issues.
Meet our teen editors and find out where in Atlanta to get the new print issue of VOX!
“I don’t know whether I chose to do poetry, more so than I was just writing, and it just turned into this. But I love it, and I never want to stop.” – Tia, 17
With tons of support that tasted like doughnuts, sounded like dance parties and looked like amazing volunteers who served as mentors, the teens of VOX Media Cafe learned to use digital cameras, edit video and work under deadline.
VOX Media Cafe students picked up their cameras and phones and captured the streets of Atlanta during VOX Media Cafe’s second session.