The one who was ‘the son of’

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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 and asking for help and this happened two weeks before I gave a speech about the topic at the UN. This moment made my family very proud and I was even prouder then do the work that I do.

As someone who is a minority, who happens to be Muslim and who technically is the son of refugees, I feel sad that we minorities are being used as tools in an ongoing battle between political forces in Europe. Our sense of empathy has worsened. It’s almost as if we were taking harder and harder stances as to what human suffering actually means?

(Alfiaz is the coordinator of the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup.)

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