Part IV: The Stories of Adea and Hamida

2015. szeptember 07., hétfő

This past May a group of American students and their teacher decided to do their missions trip in Budapest with the refugee mission of Reformed Mission Centre (RMK). During their stay, students became acquainted with several people and families and they learned about their ways of life and the turbulent situations that forced them to flee. Part IV.

Allison: “I first met Adea when she came over to ask to play volleyball with me. I was excited because we both had played volleyball back at our high schools. Then she began to tell me her story. She had a younger sister and an older brother, and a while back her and her family left their home country of Kosovo. She said it was because there is no future in Kosovo, and when you graduate there are no jobs or ways to support yourself. She said that you can go to college and get a good education and you would still end up cleaning bathrooms for a living. They started by moving from Kosovo to Macedonia, and then began their journey through many countries including Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, and finally Hungary in search of a better life. Her ultimate dream was to come to America and see New York. She wanted to become a nurse, but was frustrated because at the refugee camp she could not go to school. She was bored because there is nothing for her to do. In France she had been able to go to school and learn subjects like Math, but her family was arrested and told to come to Hungary after five months of living in France. In Hungary she did not feel accepted and did not know what to do with her time. She told me that her parents said they had to go back to Kosovo, even after all of this effort to find a better place to live. She did not want to go back, but she had no choice.” 

Gretchen: “Hamida is a mother from Afghanistan. She has a husband and two daughters, 11 and 13. They fled Afghanistan because it is unsafe to live there with the ongoing war. Afghanistan is in the middle of a civil war right now and has a corrupt government. Hamida’s mother is still living in Afghanistan. Her mother is there with Hamida’s ten siblings, six brothers and 4 sisters. Hamida and her family like it here in Hungary. She says that she feels safe here and she feels like her family is safe. You can tell that the safety of her daughters means a lot to Hamida, especially after growing up in Afghanistan. Her family has been in Budapest for three years now. Hamida said that life is good here but the money situation is bad. Hamida worries about the struggles that her daughters will face by growing up as refugees.”

Allison Jenkins and Gretchen Holthaus

 

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