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Excerpts from “Home” by Warsan Shire, a young British woman of Somali origin.

No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark

you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbors running faster than you

breath bloody in their throats

the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory is holding a gun bigger than his body

you only leave home when home won’t let you stay.

you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat

unless the water is safer than the land

no one burns their palms under trains beneath carriages

no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck feeding on newspaper unless the miles traveled means something more than journey.

no one crawls under fences

no one wants to be beaten


no one could take it

no one could stomach it

no one skin would be tough enough

I want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark

home is the barrel of the gun

and no one would leave home unless home chased you to the shore

unless home told you to quicken your legs

leave your clothes behind

crawl through the desert

wade through the oceans


save be hunger


forget pride

your survival is more important

No one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear

saying leave,

run away from me now

I don’t know what I’ve become but I know that anywhere is safer than here.

PROGRAM – “Immigration: How We Can Help in Utah and Beyond” - Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of Utah ACLU and Sydni Makemo, Southern Utah ACLU Outreach Coordinator

Brittney and Sydni provided updates on the current status of immigration issues on the national and state levels.


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