Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Sunday, March 1, 2015

~Atiya~ From Iraq, on work study, visiting the Keys


" Well, for one thing I'm not wearing a burqa. I hope to stay in America. I have no desire to go back.
When you look at me this way, the way I am now, you don't think about terrorism or anything. I look just like other people here.
I miss my family terribly, but, I just don't want to go back. Now with ISIS and all the other insanity, nowhere over there is safe. I'm afraid there are cells of these monsters here in America. They are not just going to go away. Their ideology makes no sense, it's just about killing, it's all about killing. They hate Christians. I hope you understand that. They hate everything that America stands for. They hate your freedom, your money, your nice life, everything.
I know you cannot imagine in America people being kidnapped and put in a cage and burned alive in your country. I know you cannot imagine people being lined up on one of your beaches and having their heads cut off.
I hope you never have to see these things.
I love my classes and I love staying with my friends in Key West on the weekends as often as I can.
This is the safest place to be, but, having lived like I have lived, I never feel completely safe. "
I'm not going back."

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