A Blind Syrian Refugee Finds His Way in New York | 360 Video

A Blind Syrian Refugee Finds His Way in New York | 360 Video


I’ve been dreaming about coming
to New York for seven years. I knew I would be happy walking
the streets of New York. This will be my first time to see
the Christmas tree at the center. I love this country
because it offers many services for people in my condition. I use audiobooks
for reading books, and I have a tool
that reads colors. I was happy to have
made it to the city. I never felt that
I was a stranger here. I immediately felt that
I belonged in the city. Honestly, I’ve considered
New York home even before I came here. It’s my place. I will find myself here.

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9 Comments

  1. Kind of unfair considering many people in New York are blind or have some other form of visual impairment. This video is also clearly attempting guilt trip people into believing that all migrants are poor, helpless disabled people. The majority of migrants entering Europe are young men who are trying to find work.

  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/23/nyregion/i-was-not-going-to-accept-it-after-captivity-blind-syrian-forges-path-to-us.html
    for more in depth coverage.
    "Before the announcement in September of a new travel ban, which rolled back some of the previous restrictions but still included Syrian refugees, a federal judge in Seattle blocked the executive order on Feb. 3 and allowed for families like Mr. Agha’s to enter the country. They left as soon as possible, arriving in New York City on Feb. 5."
    Yes, he receives "Supplemental Security Income."
    "Mr. Agha has settled on Staten Island with his parents and several of his siblings, paying $2,400 a month in rent. One brother works at CVS and is enrolled in college classes. Mr. Agha’s father drives for Uber. Mr. Agha travels by Access-a-Ride into Manhattan. He says that he can tell by smell which borough he is in."
    "Mr. Agha was connected to the Catholic Guild for the Blind"
    "In September, to help with Mr. Agha’s studies, Catholic Charities used $383 from the Neediest Cases Fund to buy him an iPad. The organization also successfully applied for support through the state’s Commission for the Blind — which supplied Mr. Agha with an audio recorder, batteries and a battery charger…"
    "All the while, Mr. Agha’s eyesight slowly faded, a congenital failure that also afflicted his brother."
    His blindness is not total: "Sometimes he visits Trump Tower, which he calls his favorite building in the city. His eyes perceive it as a fraction of a light, proof, to his mind, that darkness is never without light.
    In fact, he says it glitters."

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