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Yasmine El-Hamamsy - Podcast 2: Some Perspective from Inside the System

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Yasmine El-Hamamsy - Podcast 2: Some Perspective from Inside the System

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In my second podcast I talk with a wonderful, unnamed coworker and friend of mine who is currently being processed through the UNHCR's ressettlement program. She briefly talks about the system itself and was kind enough to share a few thoughts on her own experience as a refugee. Never someone to discuss her own attributes, I will share a few of my impressions of her as an individual. As she will discuss, she is the supervisor of the Sahabat Support Center (SSC) School, a job that takes some incredible patience. She handles it with a constant awareness of and attentiveness to each student, despite how her modesty would surely deny it. Although we joke about her love of having days off, her dedication to the SSC School is obvious. Her and I are both 21 years old, and while she never has a bad word to say about her work or coworkers, one of the first things we ever discussed was about how she was trying to find a University to attend, to go back to school herself. She said I am not a teacher, right now I do not want to be a teacher, I want to be a student. Not only is this another stark realization of my own privilege,  a student, here to visit and learn, but is evidently another unnecessary effect of systematic usages of legality as a category for humans. And still, this thoughtful and soft-spoken individual does what she can, working and dedicating her time and energy for her family and their well-being. I hope you enjoy this short introduction to someone I have been fortunate enough to get to know over the past few months. Thanks for listening!

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