This video shows the perspective not usually seen from refugees, the perspective of a woman. This woman talks about the struggle of being a refugee through the social lens. She explains how she is from Herot, Afghanistan and has been a refugee in India for two years and she is finally happy where she is. She attends classes and is happy she can learn without being frowned upon due to her being a woman. Even though she is currently happy, she talks about how being a refugee is full of challenges. She encourages refugees to stay patient and motivated because things will get better. She wants refugees to know they are an important part to society and to not think they don't have power. This woman is the perfect example of a refugee success story. She is still a refugee, but she is finally safe, attends classes, and is even a youth group leader. This video shows that being a refugee is hard, but over time, things will get easier.
This video showed the refugee crisis through multiple different social lenses. It tells the stories of these refugees who worked with the U.S. during the Afghanistan war. They put their life on the line for the U.S., therefore they are seen as traitors to their home countries but war heroes to the United States. Some of these refugees are given Immigrant Visas to come to the United States to start a new life. The vast majority of immigrants go to California, particularly Sacramento They are promised more affordable housing, great job opportunities, and good schools. However, when they arrive, they are put into poor neighborhoods, getting under qualified jobs, facing even more challenges than at home, and they have to adjust to a completely new system. Visas are seen as a new hope, but due to the poor resettlement process, that hope is hard to see. One of the stories in the video talked about an immigrant that is seen as a U.S. war vet. He explained how he didn't lose any limbs in the war, but when he comes to America, he is attacked and shot in the eye. This video goes into grave detail of the hardships these immigrants go through in America. These immigrants see America as the land of opportunity, but realize how mistaken they are when they arrive.
This video is the perfect depiction of the refugee and terrorism crisis in Afghanistan. This story shows a firsthand account of the struggle and terror these refugees went through. It is told through the social lens of an Afghani Refugee boy. As the boy explained, him and his family had a successful life and the Taliban stripped that lavished life away from them. In the blink of an eye, the boy's father was dead and his life was changed forever. He was forced to leave his family in the fear of being killed and had to travel to multiple different countries for refuge from the Taliban. This story is almost identical to the book I read, "In the Sea There Are Crocodiles." In the book, Eniat took a similar journey as the boy in this video. His father was also killed and Eniat was forced to go to the same countries as the boy in this video to search for refuge and safety. Both the book and this video especially show the hardships, turmoil, and fear that happens to refugees on a daily basis. Their lives are changed so quickly and it can take almost a lifetime for them to regain the stability they once had in their old lives.