While the US president boasts of new religious freedom initiatives, the travel ban is still in place, effectively and indefinitely preventing 7 countries from entering the US, calling for a "total and complete shutdown" of billions of people. It's been like this for 2 1/2 years. The number of refugees being admitted into the US this next year is predicted to be set at zero, which will hurt the most at-risk persecuted Christians.
Arifa unlatches the rusted metal door and collapses the umbrella she used to protect her olive skin from the arid sun. She beckons us inside. With bags and pillows hoisted over our shoulders, we squeeze sideways up the building’s stairs leading to her family’s apartment. “It’s been out-of-order since we moved here,” she waves dismissively at the incommodious elevator.
"How have you been sleeping?" we ask new mom, Maryam* as she beckons us into the back bedroom. Her in-laws, visiting from Iran, are sitting in the living room with Maryam's husband. Their 3-year-old son, Ahmad (who happens to know perfect English) is playing on the floor with an assortment of plastic animal figurines. The… Continue reading Trump’s Other Wall | Two Years After the Travel Ban
There's something about the Advent season that's so cozy to me. Maybe it brings back memories of growing up, arguing across the dinner table over who gets to light the wreath-encircled candles and who gets to blow them out. It brings visions of coming home from school, letting the backpack fall to the ground as… Continue reading When Peace Kisses Righteousness
The bus stop overhang offers a feeble attempt at shade from the arid Middle East sun, but I arrived too late to snag a spot underneath it. The stop is filled with locals on their way to work for the day, sitting on the small metal bench, and a few adventurous tourists keen on taking local transportation while visiting.