When Sarjon — a Syrian refugee living the Netherlands — watches Fox News and Donald Trump, he actually understands their fears.
In a new YouTube video, the 20-year-old — who is gay — watches clips of American politicians and newscasters covering the Syrian refugee crisis, and puts himself in the shoes of Americans.
"It is kind of scary ... I kind of understood why people have these opinions," he says. "I've been through nine countries illegally traveling with groups and big, big groups of people, and all that I saw was people that saw death and are running away from it."
So far, the United States has helped settle more than 10,000 refugees, but Hillary Clinton hopes to increase that number to 65,000 if she wins the presidency. Since the Syrian war began in 2011, more than 5 million Syrians like Sarjon have fled the country and fallen into an unstable limbo.
This video, which was published by YouTube blogger Davey Wavey, is an inside look at life for refugees like Sarjon who are making a new life for themselves in another country. After being on the run through so many countries, Sarjon finally settled in the Netherlands, but is still heartbroken at times. He misses his mom, who he had to say goodbye too, and is trying his hardest to get his boyfriend to Holland.
"When we see images of refugees on boats or groups of people crossing borders, it's easy to forget that each of those refugees is a person," Davey told The Huffington Post. "When you hear Sarjon speak about his mother and his boyfriend, something very human in him speaks to something very human in all of us. Yes, he's a refugee. And he's also a person, deserving not just of our compassion, but also of our open arms — and open doors."
(H/t Huffington Post)