Unheard Voices

A Syrian woman the exact same age as me asked me to write about how refugees experience life in Germany. I have seen a lot and experienced a few things, however, the story of refugees in Germany is not my story to tell. 

My conversation with the woman has brought up several questions:

  1. When does life demand we stop and listen to the voices challenging the narratives we hold as truths?
  2. Who is able to decide when to be politically-responsive? 
  3. What is the role of the politically engaged artist?
  4. How can the arts support and uplift those who experience injustice?
  5. Where do we go as a global society if we are not able to listen to and empathize with the most oppressed?
  6. Why is art such an ineffective form for political action?

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