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Ouiam: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM


February 12, Day 24:

“The world is in such turmoil these days and there are vast inequalities in our own economy. In times like these, it is easy to blame ‘others’ for our problems and the problems across the globe. In the past, this type of scapegoating led to disasters like the Holocaust and the Japanese internment. It is scary to see signs of history repeating itself when the mantra has and should always be ‘never again!’ As a Muslim American woman that wears the hijab, I sense the increasing suspicion of Muslims firsthand.

The other day a woman on a PAT bus told me to move over, that she couldn’t stand looking at me, and that my kind were all lunatics. Discrimination is real, and it will not do an ounce of good for anyone except the real enemies that prey on our division. These times are a trial for us: will we show our humanity and compassion to our neighbors and those fleeing tragedies in their homes or will we let our irrational fear get the best of us? For me and my husband, the right way has become clear from the wrong. In a few days, we will be traveling and aiding refugees with food and winter essentials in Macedonia as they flee war, violence, and persecution. We are proud of the city of Pittsburgh for being vocal in support of refugee resettlement here, and the people that have supported our efforts.” -- Ouiam  #IamPGH


Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

  Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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