A statement from our Director in regards to the heart of Bordered's inception and the passion behind the project. "When I came up with the idea for Bordered, six months had passed since the first iteration of Executive Order 13769, informally known as the “Muslim Ban”. I had been following the legislation’s effects on refugees and immigrants, and saw it as a continuation of what we refer to as the “refugee crisis”. But, I think of it as a human crisis. It’s a crisis of lack of compassion, of indifference, of ignorance, and of hatred. Humanity has never been good at caring for each other. We’ve built civilizations on the trampling and eradication of other civilizations. We’ve achieved progress at the expense of what we considered lesser human lives. We can’t seem to wrap our heads around the fact that there are no lesser humans. A life is a life, and with it should come basic human rights.
Human rights seem to have become something you are eligible for, not something you are entitled to. By virtue of being born on this planet we should come into the world respected and valued. Yet millions die each year at the hands of indifference, neglect, and profit. And the United States is the crucible for those things, as they are currently helmed by a leader who embodies those values.
But individuals do not have to be what their nation is perceived as. Syrians do not have to be victims or terrorists. Afghani's do not have to be the Taliban. Iraqis do not have to be ISIS. And Americans do not have to be Trumps. We are all free to choose our path. And people like Ray, the border patrol officer in Bordered, can make a difference.
When Executive Order 13769 was announced, the world was up in arms. But it was Americans who took to the streets, who protested and fought, and who eventually led to the suspension of the Executive Order. With Bordered, I wanted to remind people that there is a difference between who you are and who your government is and what they represent." Director - Anaïsa Visser
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