Nour is not a refuguee; she’s a translator #iamnotarefugee
Meet Nour. She is a translator originally from Damascus, who arrived in the Grand Duchy in September 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 Nour’s interview:
I got here on the 14th September 2015
It was sunny but really cold. I was walking shaking.
I was looking for the ministry. They send me to Lilly Unden Foyer. The security guy was really nice. His name is Laurent. They put me in room 18 (my birthday!) with two Albanian girls. They were nice but we couldn’t understand each other. It was weird to share your life, your privacy with people like this. I have been living for this for 9 months now.
I lost a lot of things, maybe more than I gained
I can’t stand it anymore. I lost a lot of things, maybe more than I gained. I no longer have the inner peace that I had. I no longer have the same look to the next step like I had before. I don’t believe in the word future anymore – there is no future, just always the present.
I try to live in the moment somehow. I am constantly thinking about my family, how I am going to find a job, how I am going to learn the language. It feels like a waste of time somehow. Even if I decide to stay in Luxembourg, to build up my life.
I met great people here, from different places, they are helping me in so many ways.
I managed with group of dedicated Syrians to start Syrian Youth in Luxembourg, a group meant to propose social, cultural and art activities. Our aim is to support talented individuals into discovering and growing their creative ideas, create events and focus on education and various matters in society.
As to my business plans, I am planning to start a cultural café here, a way to bring us together and share our culture and interests. It’s going to be an international place; people will come for it from everywhere. Right now, I am gathering info about requesting licenses, authorisations and funding.
Someone said: “The refugees of today are the Luxembourgers people of tomorrow”. It’s a nice idea. But is it really applicable? Are we really treated to be people who will be accepted here?