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 Fahima, an Iraqi woman refugee, living in a German refugee camp*

My name is Fahima, I am 30 years old and I am from Iraq. Few months ago, we took an airplane from Iraq to Turkey and from Turkey we took a boat to Greece. Then we took a bus and we passed by several countries like Serbia, Macedonia and then we arrived in Germany. I am happy in this refugee camp. In the previous camp, we couldn’t cook for ourselves as there was only catering and we couldn’t eat –because of our religion and culture- all the meals. Plus, we were receiving only 100euros per month from the German State. Here, we can cook whatever we want and I am happy with the current situation. I think my life is now starting. The most important thing is that there is peace here. My 9 year old daughter goes to school and we are looking for a place for my son at the kinder-garden. I have also applied for a place at a German course which is offered by the State.

*This interview was held anonymously and edited by MEWC

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