★★★★★ A Long Walk to Water is a creative non-fiction story about the life of one of the Lost Boys from South Sudan during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The primary character, Salva Dut, relates his life from a pre-teenager wandering with groups of other war victims from refugee camp to refugee camp, and then to his new home with his new family in Rochester, New York as a young adult, and finally back to his family of origin in Sudan. Ultimately, Salva creates an organization that digs wells, the ultimate gift of life, for small Sudanese villages. The book opens with Salva daydreaming during Arabic class. Jolted back to reality by gunfire, Salva obeys his teachers who say not to run back home to their villages but to run for the bush instead.
The Choices We Make in Life Have you ever found it interesting to notice two people whose lives start out close to the same but end so differently? Jurgis is the main character in the book The Jungle. The book was written by Upton Sinclair and it portrays the horrors of factory life in the early twentieth century. Jurgis was an immigrant that came to America in hopes to achieve the American Dream, only to find himself cheated out of that dream by everyone around him.
The documentary “Invisible Indians” argues that the Mixtec indigenous people of Oaxaca are both misunderstood and mistreated, when they are fighting to be seen and heard. Throughout the film, examples are given of how the Mixtecs are exploited for cheap labor forces, getting little to no benefits all for the hope of not only achieving a better life for themselves, but also to provided for those who they left behind in Oaxaca, as they travel north. The documentary starts off by describing some of the push factors that have driven the Mixtecs out of Oaxaca, so that the viewer can have a more indebt understanding to why the Mixtecs are here and what they are working towards. As stated in the beginning of the film, the Mixtecs have for years been
The inhumanity found in humans that is shown in war, changes both the aggressors and the victims’ lives in a negative way. Humans often lose sight of what is most important in life: survival; therefore some focus all of their attention towards what is needed to make them “fulfilled”, and sometimes have to take down others in order to get their way. Hitler was enraged that the Germans lost WWI, and blamed the loss of the war on the citizens of Germany being unpatriotic and
(Sandburg, 1, 9). The submission of the workers, obeying to the commands given to them and adopting the roles they are assigned, is portrayed in a negative light when presented with the pointlessness of the contradictory demands. In regards to “I am the People, the Mob”, Sandburg directly presents the idea of self-awareness amongst the working class as more than they are given credit for as a solution to their mistreatment. “And They Obey” further supports this claim by showcasing the powerful abilities of the working class to smash down entire cities and rebuild them once more, and contrasting them with the pointless and abusive demands of the government. Both poems, utilizing poetic devices to emphasize the unfair treatment of the laborers, effectively persuade the audience into understand and recognize their critical importance to the success of the
Zitkala added this to exhibit what changes and how it feels going back home after going to missionary school. Many Native American felt as they were social outcasts and was unable to identify with neither culture. The boy pursued following the two faiths and broke the laws of both the cultures. Zitkala Sa attempted to represent both in her life many times and every time she went against the cultures in some way. Even though she wrote and spoke in English, in her stories, she told how assimilation is wrong and how it is not educating Native Americans.
Family #19788 The memoir Looking like the Enemy, was written by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald. Set during World War II after the attack upon Pearl Harbor. The Japanese Americans living in Western part of America had a since of betrayal and fear having to evacuate their homes and enter into internment camps.
Although Amir attends school in both Afghanistan and the United States, Amir, in Afghanistan, is plagued with guilt surrounding Hassan’s rape. In the US, he is able to put the past behind him move on, first by finishing high school and entering college as an English major, and finally, he later becomes a successful writer. As a whole, America serves a much different role to both Amir and Baba. This is most notable in the quote “For me, America was a place to bury memories. For Baba, a place to mourn his.”
America’s citizens are often very patriotic and love to celebrate those that have helped make their great nation, Columbus, supposedly, being one of these people. However, it is quite astonishing that Columbus Day is even celebrated as a patriotic holiday, considering all of the terrible things he did to the indigenous people of the New World. Citizens all over America express many different beliefs about the world, but the vast majority have a universal belief that murder and cruelty are wrong, so why celebrate a man who practically specialized in unnecessary, unprovoked cruelty. Many know the arrival of Europeans on American soil was terrible for the Native Americans, but few know the role Columbus himself played in the cruelty indigenous people
It evokes a connotation far more degrading than its seven individual letters can prove. Just like we learned from the “N-Word,” this word can hold different meanings to different people; some people see it as an insult, and others simply view it as a description for the common immigrant experience. Personally, I strongly believe that when one chooses to refer to an immigrant by “wetback,” they simultaneously strip the person of their humanity and identity, mocking the journey many immigrants, including my parents, struggled with as their only way of seeking the opportunities they never had in their native countries. Each time the word is used, it carries with it the long historical thread of racial discrimination used in “Operation Wetback.” This is a term deserving of being spoken about more often in the rhetoric of race, because it is used to divide people by marking specific groups as the “other.”
History is really amazing, but it can be horrifying to, the incident that occurred between the years 1877 and 1945 shows how horrifying and judgmental we can be towards each other. America is a place where people like immigrants seek for a better lifestyle away from their home countries, but when they get here it is far from better. In some incidents, you can say justice had been served, but with some justice were treated unfairly by others. People losing their life’s because of the judging of other people. The united stated between the year of 1877 and 1945 did not live up to Emma Lazarus ' poem engraved on the statue of liberty which is supposed to symbolize warm and welcoming signal of hope, but instead gave immigrants and native American
He realizes that war and conflict have stolen other childhoods like his. He and the other delegates have long discussions about how to end the suffering in war-torn countries. The theme of revenge is returned to when Ishmael makes his speech before the UN, but this time he speaks of the multiplying effects of revenge. Rather than seeing revenge as a solution that might satisfy his grief, Ishmael speaks of revenge as a tool that brings more war: " . . . if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge . . . "
The landlords took every advantage of the tenements as they could. They set rent at an senseless price for the poor who were struggling to survive. When these poor tried to bargain or ask for mercy on their rent, they were simply told to either pay up or move out. Although there were several attempts at improving and enforcing the standard of living in the tenements through the power of the law police, sanitation, and health board raids, these efforts did little if anything to improve the situation.
(AGG) Refugee have been fleeing their homes in hope of safety, just like Najmah and the people in her villages leaving their homes in a time of danger. (BS-1) In the book Under the Persimmon tree when Najmah left her home for Peshawar to find her family she became a refugee when she left her home . (BS-2) Similarly, the difficulties refugees encounter on their journeys are similar to the ones Najmah experiences as a refugee. (BS-3)