Heavy is my heart as I think of the all the children separated from their parents at the US border and the nearly 1,500 of such children “lost” within the system (or turned over to human traffickers as PBS reported). The Displaced is a necessity at this time in our nation’s history. It’s a collection of essays from writers who are refugees themselves, and 10% of the cover price goes to International Rescue Committee (IRC), which provides “humanitarian aid, relief, and resettlement to refugees and other victims of oppression or violent conflict.” From the introduction by Viet Thanh Nguyen: “I was born a citizen and a human being. At four years of age I became something less than human, at least in the eyes of those who do not consider refugees as being human. ...it is from this displacement that writers come into being, and why so many writers have sympathy and empathy for for those who are displaced in one way or another, whether it is the lonely social misfit or whether it is the millions rendered homeless by forces beyond their control.
That is a writer’s dream, that if only we can hear these people that no one else wants to hear, then perhaps we can make you hear them, too.”
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