Hind is not a refugee; she is an English teacher and mother #iamnotarefugee
Meet Hind. She is an English teacher and mother of three, originally from Iraq, who arrived in Luxembourg in November 2015.
Delano (along with its sister publication Paperjam and publisher Maison Moderne) has partnered with iamnotarefugee.lu, a project run by Frédérique Buck and Sven Becker, to give a voice to asylum seekers in Luxembourg. Here is an extract from Hind’s interview:
One day, while my husband was abroad, some people came to my house. They were looking for my husband. I told them he wasn’t there but they thought i was lying. I thought they were actually thieves but they didn’t steal anything. Finally, they took boiling water and put in on my youngest child’s arm. He was badly burnt. They forced me to call my husband. The kids were crying. They spoke with my husband. Then they left. They were four. I left my house with the kids to stay with my parents. My husband came back 2 days later, he told me we were in a bad situation and we should leave.
We were so tired, depressed and scared after the trip
The first night we arrived in Luxembourg we slept in the Luxexpo camp. We felt safe, it was luxury for us after the long trip. Every one was nice. There are not enough words to [say] thanks for that.
I love to stay at the national library, the cathedral…
I love to stay and work at the Bibliothèque nationale in the city. Three times a week I attend a French course at the Institut national des langues. It finishes at 10 o’clock. Then I spend half an hour in the cathedral as the library only opens at 10.30.
I pray in the Cathedral. I light candles. Last time an old Chinese woman thought i was nun [laughs].