Asad Hussein is a sophomore at Princeton University, where he studies literature, politics, and history. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Sahan Journal, and elsewhere. (April 2020)
In Kenya, I’d distanced myself from being a refugee because it was criminal to be one; in America, I readily admitted to being a refugee even when others didn’t understand what it meant. I quickly noticed the consequences were not as dire as in Kenya—in my case, at least. This made me only angrier. Why was it easier for me to catch a bus in a country where I was a stranger and not in the one where I was born? More than anger, though, I was gripped by resounding guilt.