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UO Students Rally In Support of Syrian Refugees

Rachael McDonald

About 75 University of Oregon students and community members held a rally and march Monday to support Syrian refugees.

Varas: “My name’s Elizabeth Vargas. I’m a student at the University of Oregon.  I really wanted to do this rally as a way for people to say, you know what, I see through the fear, I see through this emotion that comes to me and I support you and I stand with you and you’re welcome here.” Vargas
Adams: “Chloe Adams. I’m here because I feel that any person who’s running from, you know, death and destruction and people wanting to harm them should be welcomed into a safe environment. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we shouldn’t turn them away just because we’re scared.”

Credit Rachael McDonald
Students hold signs in support of Syrian refugees.

Mokhtar: “Shehram Mokhtar. I’m an international student. I decided to come here because I just wanted to support the cause. I met someone who is a refugee and who left all his life, belongings, friends, everything and is starting from scratch.”
Rob Moore: “I’m Rob Moore. I’m a grad student here. It just makes me very sad that an entire body of people is being turned away in fear without anyone knowing anything about them at all.”

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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