The media has been inundated in recent weeks with stories of migration across the Mediterranean and Andaman Seas – stories that focus more often than not on the desperation and tragedy of migrant experiences. In the midst of all of this, we were pleased this week to see this piece by George Packer for The New Yorker, underscoring the courage of migrants above all else.
Packer’s reflection is short and sweet, and effective at pushing us to think more carefully about how we characterize those who flee. “…[I]n addition to being desperate, these new boat people are courageous, and not just physically,” writes Packer. “They have the heart to leave everything they know behind, to make themselves anew somewhere else.”
You can read his full commentary here. Please sharewith your networks!