Hard to describe just how incredible today was for me. Walking through the hallway of an elementary School in Wisconsin, holding Yasin’s speech with me, I turn a corner to see him looking right at me. His smile lights up the hallway, he gives me a huge hug, grabs the speech, and tells me how nervous and excited he is to share his story with his entire school.
I met Yasin in Thailand, fresh off the boat from Myanmar. I had no idea who the Rohingya people were before I met him. He had a mysterious past and an unknown future. All he told me was that he wanted to learn English. So that’s what we did together — until I had to leave him for America. I never thought in a million years that he would come to my country.
Not a day went by when I didn’t think about his family and wondered if they’d ever find a safe place to live. The day I found out that his family moved here, everything changed. Yasin has been in America for almost 2 years now.
It was one of the greatest honors to have been invited to stand on stage with Yasin as he shared his story — a story so incredible, I can’t believe I’m part of it.