Denise

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9,443 kmfrom home
#iamamigrant
"Home is no longer a physical place for me, it is a feeling — one that can be found wherever there is love."
Denise
Current Country: 
Switzerland
Country of Origin: 
Rwanda

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"I'm originally from Rwanda and I now live in Switzerland, where I work for an international NGO that aims to save lives and improve health conditions, especially among women and children. Before this I lived in Norway, where my family fled during the civil war in Rwanda.

Defining my identity was a struggle growing up. People are so eager to label you as one thing or another. I now know that it's not only ok, but it's actually great to have multiple labels - you don't have to choose one over the other! Being a migrant does not mean being either/or - it's about being both/and. Being a migrant also means being able to share different points of view with the people we meet and interact with. My first impressions on arrival in Norway were that it was cold - I guess that's what everybody thinks when they go to Norway! But during my time there, I came to learn that Norwegians are some of the warmest people I know, with the biggest hearts.

There are of course several things that I miss about my country: no one laughs like we do in Africa! But home is no longer a physical place for me, it is a feeling — one that can be found wherever there is love."

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s):

 

https://together.un.org            http://usaim.org/            https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org