Love without Borders which was founded by Kayra Martinez as a forum for refugees to express themselves through their art. Here is her story. Kayra is a United Airlines flight attendant. She started her volunteer work in 2015 helping Syrian refugees arriving in Germany. From there, she traveled to Northern Greece, volunteering at the Nea Kavala refugee camp in Thessaloniki. When she saw the tragic conditions in which refugees were living, she knew she had to do more.
With the arrival of each new year, many people take a moment to reflect on the changes they want to make in the coming year. I am ready to get out there again. Ready to make a positive impact in the community; to support international students, and young immigrants in a personal and meaningful way through volunteering.
There is no doubt this has been a scary, stressful and apprehensive time for many immigrant and refugee communities, across the country, and things are still far from resolved. But here at Life in the Bay, and across America, people are not ready to be cowed, they have stood up and said, “No,” often and loudly. People have been coming out, stamping their feet, and shouting, this is not us, this is not our America and we will be heard.
Resettlement in the US is their only beacon of hope. It is discordant to what America has always believed in…Isn’t the Statue of Liberty a symbol that signifies freedom from oppression? What about refugees fleeing from persecution in Syria, aren’t they entitled to life and freedom too? They’re every bit as human as you or I.