थाह शरणार्थी मैले मेरो जीवन संग गर्न धेरै बढी थियो महसुस गरे

थाह शरणार्थी मैले मेरो जीवन संग गर्न धेरै बढी थियो महसुस गरे
Graffiti at the refugee camp

विश्व शरणार्थी दिवस को सम्मान मा 2017: थाह शरणार्थी मैले मेरो जीवन संग गर्न धेरै बढी थियो महसुस गरे

Changing lives

Ten years ago I was in the second year of my Bachelor’s in International Relations. I kept asking myself whether that was the path for me or if I should give up on it and try another course. In the meantime I had been looking for a way to get engaged in a volunteering activity in town and I signed up for a homeless people support group. In the first meeting, तथापि, I was asked if I would join another branch of the group, one that supported irregular migrants in a detention facility.

I did, and ever since, I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

For several years I served the amazing people whose life circumstances had forced them to flee their own countries and look for survival on in a different continent (in most cases). I ended up writing my Master’s thesis on the life stories of some of them. They are extraordinary people who had no choice but to become refugees, and yet they had not been given recognition or the right to stay in the place they thought would be safe for them.

Each one of them marked me profoundly, but there is one testimony that is still very present: the story of a Nigerian man who was abducted to become a boy soldier in Liberia. When he had the chance to run away from there, he kept on running and ended up crossing the Mediterranean Sea, believing nothing could be worse than what he had left behind.

He told me something that still comes to my mind very frequently: “They are fortunate. I pray that one day I‘ll have my own children and will not be away from them. You can‘t know what it means to grow up without your parents. I know what it feels like not to know who to call when you have problem … except God. I know what it is to feel rejected and neglected. … But all the same I thank my God because I have life. And because I have life I want to make it count. Because one of my greatest dreams is this: I want to inspire many. That is my greatest dream.”

I’ve been struggling to do something meaningful to help refugees and other migrants, doing my best so that these stories are known and listened to and answered to. गत वर्ष, in a refugee camp in Greece, I met many other inspiring people who have been caught in unfortunate situations. All of them carry a story of courage and resilience. One of them, an Afghani mother, asked me before I left: “Please, do all you can to make sure people in Europe know what we’ve been through, what we’re still going through. I left my country with my family. I couldn’t stay there anymore. There were bombings around my kids’ school. A woman I knew was decapitated while she was working. I was menaced on the phone … I couldn’t stay there anymore. The most precious thing I brought was my computer, where my work and all my pictures were stored. The moment we entered the boat in Turkey I threw it on the ground. All I cared for were my children … and during that trip all I did was looking into their eyes, thinking it might be the last time I’d see them. कृपया, tell people this.”

I believe stories can change lives. I believe knowing people and their stories can change our perspective on the world and what is important or not. I’m in charge of sharing these stories and that gave a whole new meaning to my own life. I just wish I could do much more.

विश्व शरणार्थी दिवस को सम्मान मा 2017, यस शरणार्थी केन्द्र अनलाइन कसरी शरणार्थी राम्रो हाम्रो जीवन बनाउन को कथाहरू सङ्कलन छ.

यो शरणार्थी केन्द्र अनलाइन विश्वास गर्छ newcomers हाम्रो देश राम्रो ठाउँ बनाउन. यो हामी र हाम्रो समुदाय साथै लाभ - शरणार्थी resettlement छैन गर्न नैतिक वा नैतिक कुरा केवल छ. देश भर व्यक्तिहरूलाई यी कथाहरू देखाउन कसरी जानने, शिक्षा, काम, र सायद सबैभन्दा महत्वपूर्ण, साथी हुनुको, शरणार्थी अमेरिका को ज्यान सुधार छन्.

विश्व शरणार्थी दिवस जुन 20, 2017

आफ्नो समुदायमा घटनाहरू खोज्न र विश्व शरणार्थी दिवस मनाउन कसरी सिक्न 2017.

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बारेमा Ana Pinho

भाषाहरु, International Relations and Cooperation researcher. Musical and Community Theater student, professional and teacher. Volunteer in as many fields as possible. Portuguese citizen of the world.