Ostadazimi

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3,982 kmfrom home
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"I just wanted to get away from Asia, to find a safe place."
Ostadazimi
Current Country: 
Greece
Country of Origin: 
Afghanistan

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Ostadazimi is a 39-year-old artist from Afghanistan who lives in Thiva, Greece. He has turned one room in his home into an art studio, where he keeps his charcoal sketches and oil paintings. What he needs is colours, brushes and canvases to carry on painting.

“When I started giving painting lessons to children in Elliniko, support came from all sides, even from other Afghans staying the camp," he explained. "I was happy in Elliniko because my voice could reach the world. Most Greeks still don’t know who we are or what we are doing.”

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with the contribution of the European Commission - Humanitarian Aid, aims to empower migrants and refugees stranded in the country to exercise their rights, by providing adequate living standards and services, as well as by promoting community based practices.

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