The light in her eyes hasn’t dimmed, despite a life of unspeakable hardship. But Sharbat Gula, perhaps the world’s most famous refugee, now has a home in Afghanistan.
The place where her story began.
This tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean might seem inviting to the casual outsider. But Nauru, barely a dot on the map measuring just eight square miles, is home to a refugee processing center backed by the Australian government. The center has been likened to a prison and cited for numerous human rights abuses. A number of detainees are children.
More than half of the states’ governors in the U.S. have declared that they will not accept any Syrian refugees, citing security fears after the recent Paris attacks. While the governors’ legal authority actually to do so remains highly dubious, the refugee crisis quickly has become ground zero for a prolonged and pitched cultural battle, with opponents warning that the U.S. would be foolish to admit large numbers of Syrians as Europe has. Those sympathetic to the refugees’ plight struck back yesterday, as Twitter users reminded the world that Steve Jobs, the creator of the Mac and the iPhone who passed away in 2011, was the son of a Syrian migrant.