A journey worth mentioning

I have been reading a lot about recent events in Syria and the consequence faced by people there and I came to know about one such refugee that is worth mentioning.

Nujeen Mustafa is a young refugee from Aleppo, Syria. She has cerebral palsy and cannot walk but this did not stop her braving inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search of a new life.

“She is our hero. Everyone must read her story. She will inspire you.” says Malala Yousafzai.


Her book portraits sad yet terrifying reality of the current events taking in world right now. I don’t wish to make any political comments and respect every religion but the situation is getting out of hand and strong step is desperately required. People like Nujeen are suffering; with more than 34,000 people leaving their country everyday in which only 0.1% of them are able to settle in countries like United States. Even after this awful journey, they are faced with racial comments and are discriminated by their race and religion. The world is developing at a great pace and things like this will act as a barrier to it and rather than following this practice, we have to prevent this from happening and make sure that every human being is given a chance to speak for himself. No refugee wishes to feel like an unwelcomed guest.

People like Nujeen who are often termed as “Refugees” are given a number to keep a count of total refugees which is really dusturbing and in her TED talk, she has specially mentioned about it by making it as a title of the talk, “I am Not a Number: A Refugee’s tale”. Her talk was truly inspiring for all the audience as well as the viewers. I personally enjoyed the talk in which she discussed about the life of a refugee and personally recommend all the readers here to view it once. I have put up a link below for everyone to see the video of the TED talk she gave in England in May.

Violence and wars have caused nothing but loss of valuable resources and people and history is the proof of this statement. What we should really focus is on development and not just of the specific countries but of the entire civilization as well. We have tools that prove our existence and yet we have many questions unanswered and answering them will not only help us understand the way everything works around us but also enable us to enter into a whole different phase of the world we live in; Have a thought about it.


Raj Ondhia