Turning Red, Forgotten Children, Spa Victims Remembered
KTF Weekly Newsletter
Look out for the three of us next week on the Fascinating Podcast, which we all had a ton of fun recording today. The conversation ranged from random interesting bits of pop culture to all of the deepest subjects you’re used to us discussing. We know you’ll love it! And now, to this week’s highlights.
The false gospel of the American Dream perhaps rings most hollow for those who seek refuge in the United States from regions ravaged by American foreign policy, only to have domestic policy further dehumanize them. This gut-wrenching exposé by ProPublica sheds light on the failure of the American government to care for unaccompanied Afghan minors seeking asylum after the recent rise of the Taliban and pullout of US forces. These children have been imprisoned in shelters scattered across the country for months now. Some have resorted to violence, and others have attempted suicide. In one facility, some report violence from staff and sexual assault perpetrated by other minors. The article illustrates how islamophobia and xenophobia can transform even children into perceived threats in the eyes of their caregivers. As people called to care for the stranger and sojourner in our midst, most of all the least of these, we must seek to shed light on and to overturn systems and perspectives that dehumanize and destroy.