A Wintry Sea Seems a Safer Bet Than Life at Home for Refugees

A Wintry Sea Seems a Safer Bet Than Life at Home for Refugees

"The rubber dinghy rolled perilously on the waves and twisted sideways, nearly flipping, as more than three dozen passengers wrapped in orange life vests screamed, wept and cried frantically to God and the volunteers waiting on the rocky beach. Khalid Ahmed, 35, slipped over the side into the numbing waist-high water, struggled to shore and fell to his knees, bowing toward the eastern horizon and praying while tears poured into his salt-stiff beard. “I know it is almost winter,” he said. “We knew the seas would be rough. But please, you must believe me, whatever will happen to us, it will be better than what we left behind.”

 

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  • Lyman, Rick. "A Wintry Sea Seems a Safer Bet Than Life at Home for Refugees", The New York Times, November 4, 2015.
  • Asylum
  • Frontiers/Borders
  • Human rights
  • Mobility/Immobility
  • Refugee