"I come from Pakistan, and now I live in Geneva. I left home at 20, and when I first got to Switzerland I remember thinking 'Oh God help me, where am I?' Fortunately this bewilderment has worn off as I've settled in — I've regained the self-confidence that I lost when I left home, and moved close to achieving integration in the way I know home. I do miss my family and friends the most, but the decision to leave was ultimately the right one for me. Now that I have gone, I hope to bring a sense of love, peace, happiness and friendship with me to each new place I go. The peace part is the most important; wherever you can find it is a place that you can call home."
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