Article by Nicole Tremblay | esPResso Committee Member
The popular Facebook and Instagram page, “Humans of New York,” created by Brandon Stanton, posts pictures and stories of people he interviews on the streets of New York. Since the page has grown in popularity, the account has travelled all over the world. Each post recieves over 50,000 likes and reaches large audiences. Recently, the account has been centered around Syrian refugees. One particularly moving story caught the President’s attention. The story was about a man who was employed as a scientist in Syria but has been relocated to Turkey. His account includes the struggle of losing his family members to a missile hit and fighting stomach cancer. After seeing this post on Facebook, President Obama himself replied:
“As a husband and a father, I cannot even begin to imagine the loss you’ve endured. You and your family are an inspiration. I know that the great people of Michigan will embrace you with the compassion and support you deserve. Yes, you can still make a difference in the world, and we’re proud that you’ll pursue your dreams here. Welcome to your new home. You’re part of what makes America great.”
Not only does the Humans of New York page raise awareness about everyday people living with interesting and unique stories, it is now a great outlet for people to get inspired and work through hardships in order to leave tough situations with something great.