Throughout my life, I have taken it upon myself to get involved in causes that mean something to me. During my time at the University of Dayton, I have been given so many opportunities to practice and learn about human rights advocacy. Within the classes, I have used my time to write and present about the grave humanitarian crises taking place in the Middle East and in so many other parts of the world. I have presented on the human rights crisis taking place in Afghanistan against women and young girls. I have also presented on the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I was also a member of the Model United Nations in 2020. It has always been in the forefront of my mind to spread awareness and inform people about human rights advocacy and why it is important, in any circumstance that I am in.
The cause of Legacies of War is a cause that I believe all people can learn and benefit from. This “Secret War'' should no longer be a secret and should come to light and be taught in our education systems and in the societies we live in. This is not just a war of far and foreign places, but a war our country, our homeland created. As Americans and other international parties and spectators, we should reflect on how we can turn this dark past into a bright future of hope and peace for our world.
I intend to continue my advocacy work in my future career in International and Human Rights Law. I believe that this is just the beginning of my journey in advocacy work. This journey at Legacies has given me the opportunity to better understand the world around me. This fellowship has opened my eyes to recognize that sometimes human suffering is hidden in the shadows or even a secret. I now know the importance of shedding light and spreading awareness on issues that may be controversial to some but are a necessity to help others heal the wounds of the past. My only hope is that I will be able to advocate and help people in the same way that others advocated for me.