Orange Alert

What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

Nidaa Aljabbarin on the steps leading up to Crouse College.

Posted on: March 29, 2022

As we anxiously watch the events unfolding in Europe, countless people continue to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. This has happened too often in recent memory, and it touches us all, including students in A&S.

I’m writing today to share an interview featuring A&S student Nidaa Aljabbarin ’22. Nidaa, a biology major and Syrian refugee, was one of three people interviewed recently by National Public Radio (NPR) about what it’s like to be a refugee.

In the piece, Nidaa empathizes with the millions of Ukrainian citizens who continue to pour over the border seeking safety. “I see myself in these kids,” she says. “I went through this exact fear and pain. I know how that feels.”

Listening to her story reminded me anew how very small and fragile and interconnected our world is. It was heartbreaking to hear Nidaa speak with such perspective and maturity, but also utterly necessary. I hope that you will choose to listen as well (link below), and think about ways you can honor, protect and lift up all those who are mourning their countries and fearing for their loved ones—and themselves.

Read or listen to Nidaa’s story here:

For ways to help refugees:

For perspective on achieving peace, read about the Perpetual Peace Project: