Last Wednesday, Dr. Serena Parekh (Associate Professor of Philosophy and WGSS affiliated faculty) gave a talk covering the facts, figures, and fallacies of the global refugee crisis. In the talk, she explained the severity of the crisis, from overcrowded refugee camps to widespread misinformation about refugees as national security threats. Parekh, the author of Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement, shared her research into the refugee crisis and argued that the unprecedented scale of the crisis demands action from concerned citizens, community leaders, and governments.
“We have a responsibility to find alternatives for the displaced that protect their dignity and their human rights,” said Parekh. “Rather than objects of fear, refugees ought to be objects of moral compassion.”
The event also featured Leen AlHajjar, president of Northeastern’s Refugee Empowerment and Awareness Campus Task Force (NU REACT), a recently-formed student organization that hopes to support refugees in Boston and abroad.
For more information about the talk, read the Northeastern News article.