Students at the ESL Institute at the University of New Hampshire presented a conference on June 19 to recognize World Refugee Day. ESL Lecturer Meaghan Dunn and her students had read The Good Braider and invited me to come and speak. I did, and went early to see the students’ poster presentations. They each focused on a refugee group and told the story in images and words. Some told of refugees coming to their home country. Students from Indonesia reported the news-breaking story of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar that
have been given haven in Indonesia. Other students spoke about their own countries where people have been forced to escape. A young woman from Iraq said she is here on a student visa. She hopes at the end of her education, she can return to her home. I wish all the world could have heard these students speak.
After I spoke about the courage of a girl from Sudan, two students brought me an armful of flowers. The stunning center flower was a tiger lily. I found this about tiger lilies. “An Asian legend says a hermit once assisted a tiger by removing an arrow from its injured body, giving rise to a belief the tiger lily is symbolic of friendship.” Thank you, all the students and teachers at the ESL Institute. I was your student.