For those of you who aren’t aware, my Arabic Professor, Issa G. Roustum, works tireless at his real job (he teaches Arabic at the University because he enjoys it, not for his living). His real job is teaching children, who are refugees, English as a Second Language in one of the poorest schools in the City of Buffalo. As someone who comes from a family of immigrants, who’s family is here because they had to flee their homes in the schtettles of Eastern Europe, his work means a great deal to me.
Well, someone (or some people) vandalized their school; trashed the computers, destroyed their piano, and caused damage either out of hate, or for no other reason than to cause damage to children who have next to nothing. They didn’t even have the decency to steal the computers, no, instead they left them there, a wreck, so the children could see what was no longer theirs.
I’ve emailed Prof R. and asked if there’s anything we can do to help – if you would care to join me in whatever rebuilding effort they start, please let me know through comment in this entry, or via email. I’ll be bringing this up at the UBULS meeting this Friday, we, perhaps above all else, have an obligation to help this professor who’s gone above and beyond the limits for us, when he and his students need it most.