I don’t believe there is a typical refugee, everyone’s experience is unique. I found a home in the UK, but I still decided to go back. My friends didn’t understand why I wanted to return, but for me personally, I feel that until you go back you’re not free, you’re constantly carrying the injustice you were subjected to. For me there are only two options, you never give up on going back or you give up on going back. There is no freedom for refugees until the injustice is fixed.
I feel lost about the current refugee crisis; the world seems colder than it did in the 90s. People are more selfish, and self-centred. I feel humanity has gone backwards in the last twenty years. The language being used, and the manipulation of people is terrible. At an individual level, we should do whatever we can. I feel as a Bosnian refugee our experience was better than that of the Syrian refugees. Was it because we were white refugees? I don’t have an answer to that, I have too little experience and data to draw conclusions, or was I simply too young to know the difference?