Azita Refugee Week

June 24, 2021

Azita reflects on the theme of this year's World Refugee Day "We cannot walk alone"

Human beings are members of a whole

In creation one essence and soul

One member afflicted with pain

Other members uneasy will remain

If you have no sympathy for human pain

The name human you cannot retain

(Saadi)

Being a normal member of society is the biggest hope and need for someone who has cut their roots and leaves their home. At home, I was a member of many kinds of groups. We used to gather as neighbours, co-workers, former classmates, or members of a local book club. Then suddenly I was a member of nowhere, not being able to communicate or work.

We used to feel proud and celebrate when our football team won a game by smiling at each other, but now we feel that we cannot join in those little celebrations for our own football team, nor that of our country of refuge.

Sometimes we are a topic of conversation, or a piece of writing as if we are a new species with a general name like "refugee". It is OK. We get used to it. But if only we could see ourselves integrated into the new society in which we find ourselves - no problem would be unsolvable, and no celebration unseen.

There is nothing better than to feel part of a group, to consider yourself a member of a small community; a community whose members can love, help and support each other. No one should have to walk this life alone.

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