Farhia

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"I have traveled through many countries and suffered a lot in the past. I think that the USA will be a new experience. Life isn’t done yet.”
Farhia
Beschäftigung: 
Student/House Cleaner
Derzeitiges Aufenthaltsland: 
Ägypten
Herkunftsland: 
Somalia

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“I’m from Mogadishu, Somalia. I left Somalia because I was affected by the wars that were going on there. I wasn’t safe. I left by myself, I don’t remember exactly when. I think it was 2004. I went to Nairobi, but it was difficult there because I didn’t have any legal documents. Shortly after I arrived, the Kenyan government made me leave the country because I didn’t have legal residency, so I came to Cairo. I came to here because it was nice and safe. No one asked you where you are from or where you were going. But since the revolution we have faced many problems. There are blasts and explosions everywhere and there is a lot of insecurity. For me as a female, there is lots of sexual harassment so when we leave our homes, we are not safe. The last five years or so have been really difficult—it wasn’t like before. I registered as a refugee a few months after arriving in Cairo. After the revolution I started working as a house cleaner a few times a week. Before, I was studying Shari’a law at Azhar University and working at the same time. Unfortunately I never got to finish my studies so I started to work more as a house cleaner. But now, I’m going to America. My dream has come true! I’m going to Columbus, Ohio. I’ve heard that in the US there are lots of opportunities, and that I can study and work. There’s no sexual harassment, and I can live freely. I will have the same, equal rights as American citizens. I am not worried at all about going to America. I think I will be welcomed there. I would like to tell Americans that no matter where I’m from or my refugee status, what should matter is my personality. I hope that when I go the States, I can start a new life. I want to work and study, and have a fresh start. This is what matters to me. I believe that if you have a target, you just have to focus on it and you will be able to achieve it. I have traveled through many countries and suffered a lot in the past. I think that the USA will be a new experience. Life isn’t done yet.” *For the security of Refugees being resettled, sometimes their faces will not be shown in photographs

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