At that time when the refugee crisis started, the media hype had a high impact on me, I felt really paralyzed. In my opinion it was not helping at all by just reading and watching the news. I liked to act, to get more active.
Probably, my background had an influence as well. My parents escaped from Vietnam to Germany. So I have experienced how it is to be in a foreign country, what challenges and problems can appear. Thats why I want to support and help the people in the way my family was helped in the past.
I'm really happy to support this people. It's so hard to live in an another country. A different culture, a different language, all the tiny daily differences like shaking hands. You have to overcome so many obstacles, getting an idea of the school system, the labour world.
You handle everything by yourself often without knowing how to do it.
It's not always easy for me to give positive vibes and motivate the foreigners as they sometimes had a negative basic attitude. Of course I try to understand them but sometimes they had terrifying experiences in their homelands. Take Syria. The war. And don't forget the trip to Europe, often in a tiny overcrowded boat.
Absolutely, I agree with you. If at least all the other European member states would give support, build safe accommodations, develope strategies to prevent that refugees are dying in the sea.
But also the support of Japan, China, Dubai, the United States, I miss their support. They are rich countries.
There was a situation which i will never forget, there was a family, which lost a member, and after one year they have found each other again.
That they get a good education, make career, learn the language, intercultural experience which will help them in the future.
Photo: Ly Nguyen right side, Rania Abichou left sideInterview written by Rania, 21 years old, from Tunisia, studying banking and finance technique and Member in NGOs. Photo by Ingo Zahlheimer.
Ly, 25 years old, works for two years as a social worker in the field of migration and refugees in Munich.