Visas, Civil War and Other Culturally Relevant Material

I am on the cape for a long weekend for a family reunion that I’ve had to miss for the last couple of years. It’s always interesting — we have a very quirky family. Our interests range from an encyclopedic knowledge of rap artists between here and the Middle East, a journalist who just returned from a year long assignment in Afghanistan, a geneticist, a modern art curator, and several other characters. And yes, I would describe all of my family as “characters.” (In a good way!)

This morning’s coffee table conversation, as people were waking up and joining the rest of the group, was about Syria. Not in the typical “Obama should do this… or that…” conversation.

This is about a group of refugee women who wrote and perform a play called “Syria: the Trojan Women.” This group of women adapted the play “Trojan Women” by Euripides to tell their stories and explain what it is like to live in a city after it has been sacked.

The group was invited to perform at Georgetown University by my aunt, Cynthia Schneider and then they were set to perform at Columbia University. They offered another perspective about Syria and what life is like during Civil War based in the community living it, rather than the material curated and presented by ISIS.

The story was picked by the Washington Post and then went live through Scott Simon’s NPR segment. We listed to the feed when it went live this morning. We tried to think through next possible steps to help the women come to the US, despite the State Department’s denial for their visas. There might be other ways to help!

For now, Georgetown is still finding ways to host the event, even if it means video calling the women while they are still abroad while hosting other guest speakers.

If anyone has any ideas or thoughts about how we can continue with this event or help the women with their visas… please let us know!

[The image is from the NPR story that went live this morning]

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