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Sallie Latch is an 83-year-old artist and activist. Courtesy of Mitchel Cohen and the Pacifica Network, this is her interview with a Syrian refugee in Greece — a mother with three children. This will be the first of a series of broadcasts.
There are almost no — nada — interviews where refugees are allowed to speak for themselves in U.S. media. Instead, they are demonized. Let’s put a face on them.
“My friend Sallie Latch is an 83-year-old artist born in Cleveland and who grew up in Northern California. She left her current home in Mexico to go to the island of Samos in Greece, to voluntarily work with refugees fleeing bombings and warfare in Syria and Iraq.
She arrived there just as the European Union decided to turn away newly arriving refugees and send them back to Turkey, which parallels the United States and other countries turning away boatloads of Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War II. The Center for Global Justice in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, contributed to Sallie’s efforts and helped make her trip possible.
We’re going to hear now Sallie Latch’s first interview with a refugee from Syria.
We are honored to offer this broadcast as part of our affiliation with the Pacifica Network.