16:30 . My parents were refugees from Uganda in the 70s. Once, we found a letter from my grandfather, written to the UN High Commissioner for refugees, asking for help and this had happened two weeks before I gave a speech about the topic at the UN. Let me tell you, this moment made my family very proud and I even prouder.
As a Muslim and ‘the son of refugees’, I feel sad that we ‘minorities’ are being used as tools in an ongoing battle between political forces in Europe. It seems that our sense of empathy has worsened over here.
(Alfiaz is the coordinator of the European Parliament’s anti-racism and diversity intergroup.)