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Some Thoughts on Shitholes: Dear Mr. Trump,…

Some Thoughts on Shitholes: Dear Mr. Trump,…

Some Thoughts on Shitholes:
Dear Mr. Trump, Over the holiday, we spent Christmas Day with our families, as well as two friends we’ve known for the past year and a half. Two years ago, Kelemu and Yabsera found themselves in a very different situation, scratching out a living in a tent within the refugee camp of Kakuma along with 185,000 others from Sudan, Ethiopia, and elsewhere. They were some of the fortunate ones, able to secure an opportunity to come to the United States and begin life anew. And, indeed they are: Kelemu rises before the sun each morning to kiss Yabsera goodbye, before catching a bus to the airport where he pushes wheelchairs of disabled passengers to their planes. Yabsera heads off to second grade, where she studies diligently, working hard with other refugee and immigrant children to learn the language and ways of her new homeland. Kelemu often seems tired, weary of working long hours, and yet still barely able to make ends meet; but, he’s happy and optimistic, too, confident that if he could make it through 14 years in Kakuma, he can make it here, too. Yabsera is like any other second grader, quick to smile and to laugh, eager to play and learn and engage, blending seamlessly into this new world that’s become her home. She and her dad have big dreams, are working tirelessly to achieve them, embody hope, love, compassion, and and diligence in spades, and are flesh-and-blood examples of the dream that is – and always was – America. When they came for Christmas, we asked what they wanted or needed; Kelemu’s reply? “Only time with friends, that is all we need.” They came from a country that you off-handedly deemed a shithole, they came here for a better life – knowing full well what a tough journey it would be – and they’re doing it, embodying the spirit of America as much as any. CONTINUED BELOW…

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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