Stories from people on the move

A new beginning

– I was happy in Sweden, had friends who loved me and a clear vision about my future. After a long time I had finally started to feel at home again, but then all that collapsed and I became all alone, again, says Arash Khawari. – As a child my dream was to become a …

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Basira

My Name is Basira

“I paint to express what I feel deep inside, the passion for living in freedom, the love of nature and the art of being human. To me, what race and gender you have doesn’t matter, or the boundaries that religion and tradition require. I reach out beyond borders and nations to make friends and show …

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Who Killed Reza?

He closes the door to his apartment, takes off his shoes and jacket in the corridor before going into the living room. He sits on his armchair and opens his iPad to play  The Search by NF. After a minute he gets up, goes to the kitchen and drinks a glass of cold water.  – …

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Children in trolley holding umbrella.

Children Born Homeless

– Please, my children were born here, they know nothing about Afghanistan or any other country. It is January 27th 2020. I am in Malmö to participate in a meeting concerning migration, titled Keeping our humanity. We have just attended a memorial ceremony, lit candles and remembered the victims of WW2, and moved on to …

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Ola Saleh gives presentation at Leaders for Interreligious Understanding

All Hearts Can Change

Sitting at Arlanda airport, speaking on the phone with my partner, I notice an older lady walking towards me. I move my jacket and backpack to make more room for her. She mutters something in Swedish, politely I pause my conversation and say: “I beg your pardon?”  She lashes out at me: ‘’You come here and …

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