Women Refugees: Our Journey Into the Unknow

March is declared as women’s month and women’s achievements and contributions to history and society are celebrated worldwide. This year MEWC is dedicating the month for women refugees, and creating a space for them to share their stories. Our aim with this project is to showcase the resilience and survival of what it means to be a woman refugee, and impact the perceptions of the media and the public about them.

An interview with Fatma, an Iraqi woman refugee, living in a German refugee camp*

My name is Fatma, I am 30 years old and I am from Iraq. In 2008 we went to Syria where we lived for several years. Then we went to Turkey, we took a boat to Greece and then we arrived in Germany where my daughter died. Living in the refugee camp is not easy for me. We have a shared kitchen and everyone can walk in this kitchen. If I didn’t have children, I wouldn’t come here. My daughter is 10 years old and goes to school; the other two children go to kinder-garden. Last year I was attending a German course but it was far away. I had to travel a long distance and then I had also to pick up my children from school. I left that course and I have applied for a place at a German course which is closer to the camp but I’ve been told that I have to wait for 7 months.

*This interview was held anonymously and edited by MEWC

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