Sunday September 20, 2015

Mail on Michael's essay "Let Them In", and on the poem "Home"

Syrian refugees walk up a hill as they arrive on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

Syrian refugees walk up a hill as they arrive on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (Credit: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In Michael's opening remarks last week, he talked about Canada's history of welcoming those Franz Fanon called "the wretched of the earth." Tens of thousands of Irish famine victims found refuge in Canada - as did tens of thousands of Vietnamese and Hungarians fleeing war and unrest. However, we failed Jewish refugees just prior to World War Two, when our policy was "none is too many."

We hear from listeners who both agree and disagree with Michael's essay, and others who were moved by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire's poem "Home". 

Somali-British poet Warsan Shire

Somali-British poet Warsan Shire

If you would like to read the poem in full, or listen to Yanna McIntosh perform it, please click here.