I was an asylum seeker when I participated in the Integr8 program, I remember when Saif asked me about my expectations from the program I didn’t expect the outcome. With every session I started to notice that I forgot who I am when I became an asylum seeker, I forgot that I have skills, experience, qualifications, I even forgot that I’m a person. He reminded me of all that.
These simple and creative activities in a friendly environment have dug very deep inside to remind us who we really are. We are not our situation because we didn’t have a choice in that. But we are people who have capabilities, skills, ambitions and lots more to offer for this world.
Asylum seeking process makes you feel unworthy because you cannot make your own living which makes you feel broken. We certainly need people to see us as unique and skilled individuals not just a group of helpless people who have problems and waiting for a decision.
This program certainly has changed how I see myself, which by time can change how people see me.
I now know that my dream is to create a world that embraces justice and equality, and I want to use my natural abilities in communication, persuasion and critical thinking to link between multicultural organisations and help them promote diversity, equality and justice.