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Sonia Shah

I am currently a student studying social work at Baylor University in Waco, TX. When I was 7, my father was killed in the North Tower. The event was a historic tragedy in itself, but I grew up witnessing a different monster. Hate. After 9/11, many people who looked Middle Eastern or Muslim were treated with malicious ignorance. Losing my father was terrible, but seeing people actively hate a group in result made the experience much worse. Hatred towards people of the Middle Eastern descent is on the rise. I am choosing to combat this with love. My heart burns daily for the refugees. I can relate to the families and children in a way, because I know what it is like to be affected by terror. This summer, I have the incredible opportunity to serve refugees in Athens, Greece. I will be on the front lines of helping with disaster relief for 3months. My actions will not reflect fear or pain, but love…..I am thankful for your committed service to our world. You are vital to the development of hope and healing in a broken world.

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