À lire sur The Independent : I'm a refugee who escaped Bosnian concentration camps. If you think the resettlement process is easy, read this
To be a refugee these days means to wake up almost each morning and witness anti-refugee sentiment plastered on the news, social media, and politicians. On November 18, 2015 after seeing the increased Islamophobia and xenophobia from American politicians, I decided to take to Twitter to explain the lengthy process of obtaining refugee status in the United States.
I am a refugee. In fact, I am a Bosnian Muslim refugee that obtained clearance to settle in the US after an almost four-year process.
My journey started in 1998, four years after the Bosnian war and genocide which left my family and me displaced survivors. The first step was a visit to a UN Refugee Agency to apply for refugee status. What followed were months of providing documentation and proof that we were, in fact, a family of sound minds and able bodies, displaced by war and affected by the trauma of it.
We started with our identification: proof of where we used to live, proof we owned the homes that were now destroyed and under Serb occupation, proof my father was in a concentration camp, proof that I went to the school I did. After providing this information, we were required to provide references from friends, family, and former neighbors. We even had to provide the certification that members of our families were murdered during the war and genocide, and that some of them were considered missing.
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