Asylum Seekers, Pt. One and Pt. Two (produced by ABC 10; 6 minutes each).

Asylum Seekers, Pt. One and Pt. Two (produced by ABC 10; 6 minutes each).

Despite doing everything ‘the right way’ when seeking asylum in the U.S., Eduardo found himself living a nightmare worse than the one he had fled in Mexico. Lilia Luciano spoke with Eduardo and compared his experience with findings in a recent California Attorney General’s report about the state of ICE detention facilities in the Golden State.

WBUR, “This Makeshift School Teaches Children Seeking Asylum At The Southern Border.”

WBUR, “This Makeshift School Teaches Children Seeking Asylum At The Southern Border.”

Atop a scorching concrete lot in September, hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers were stuck living in a tent city right next to a bridge that leads to the U.S. Many of them have months-long waits ahead to cross that southern border into Brownsville, Texas, for a chance to talk to an American immigration judge… (read more).

Children’s Books Ireland. Zana Fraillon, The Bone Sparrow.

Children’s Books Ireland. Zana Fraillon, The Bone Sparrow.

Fraillon is a children’s author from Australia, moved to highlight the present day humanitarian crisis of asylum seekers and the routine internment of refugees. While her novel is fictional, it is founded in fact and focuses on the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The Bone Sparrow, like many books based on real events, is an exercise in empathy. Its charm depends on the reader’s engagement with the main protagonist. Subhi is an asylum seeker born in a refugee camp in present-day Australia whose fertile imagination powers a rich interior life. The fact that Subhi has known no other world outside of his ‘captivity’ allows the author to imbue him with wonder and innocence. Without bitterness he observes the cruelty and sadness of his situation, always holding on for ‘one day’ when it will all be better.