EL PASO — Fatima Gallaire, a Franco-Algerian world renowned author of plays, novellas, short stories and children’s books gave the talk “What are Borders? Culturally-transmitted Illnesses”.
Gallarie believes that borders are illnesses and that the idea of them has been transmitted from one generation to the next; children are first influenced by their parents to understand the border is to be feared.
“The fact that you are poor does not mean you’re not intelligent. Poor people find extraordinary ways to feed their families, work and get their children to school,” Gallaire said. “One way things will change, is when people understand they have a place in society. They need to claim their place and society will become more conscious of everyone having a place and it does not have to be political but social.”