On the Diversity of Istanbul
What I miss about working for my former employer was meeting Saudi Arabian, Libyan, Syrian, Afghan, Iranian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Iraqi, Uzbek, South Korean students (occasionally a Greek student, a Moldovan student, a student from Djibouti) and working with an international staff (Botswana, Pakistian, Ghana, England, Australia, Syria, The Gambia, Uganda, The US, South Africa etc.). I don’t miss anything else.
It’s too bad that millions of Americans may not like the people I have mentioned above (it’s very likely as Trump has been elected and he’s getting people to hate on certain individuals) especially since they haven’t met people from Libya, Iran, Syria, etc., in large numbers.
Istanbul has given me the opportunity to become more acquainted with individuals from Muslim-majority countries (nowadays, a lot of Arab restaurants are popping up all over Istanbul as a result of the more than two million Syrian refugees that now inhabit this country) and I’e never felt threatened, sometimes I’ve wanted to pet them on the head; in fact, they’ve been kind, very, very helpful, and generous. They haven’t shown me any animosity once during my nearly three years time in Istanbul.
Trump and his supporters should be ashamed.
I love the Iranians a lot because we’ve opened up to each other (I’ve opened up to them the most) about human rights, about the Ayatollah, about how Islam is wrongly and forcefully shoved down their throats (when it should be that way); and one of the countries that Trump has banned refugees from is Iran? How is banning any nationality even beneficial?
There’s no appreciation for the individual, for human life, for human stories. How dare many Americans stand behind Trump.
For crying out loud, I’m surrounded by Arabs (particularly Syrians in Istanbul) and I’m fine. Again, they’ve been nothing but nice to me and I’ve found a lot of them to be easy to talk to.