Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Black youth in Lebanon face discrimination, racism

Discrimination has its own complexities. One summer, Assefa’s now 6-year-old daughter warned her older son to stay out of the sun. She was concerned his skin would darken and people would call him Sudanese.
“So it is there, inside their minds,” Assefa says. “They think about it.”
“Sudan is a country that is both Arab and African ... we don’t know where life will take us right now,” says Jomaa, whose application as an asylum seeker was turned down by the United Nations. “Even if we go back to Sudan at some point, I would like my daughter to remember that she lived in Lebanon for a while and she had Lebanese friends there, rather than look back on it as a terrible experience.”

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