I Appreciate Your Kindness
Laura Dupuy, Executive Director, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy:
One of my favorite memories is about a group of broadcast journalists that we welcomed from Iraq. They were so grateful to be in the United States and to be selected for this program. But one of them in particular created a bond with me and I with her, and we’ve maintained contact over the years. And I’ll never forget the day that I was headed off to work a little bit late, my cell phone rang, and I picked it up, and I got a message: This is my friend--"I’m calling from Baghdad. I wanted to call and tell you how much I’m thinking about you and how much I appreciate your kindness to me.” And, it was something that was just earth shattering to me, that I could be speaking to an IV from around the world, and that connection was so close. And to know how dangerous some people’s lives are and what courage it takes for people to come to the U.S. on this program is empowering to me and it really motivates me to want to continue this important work.