The UN Orchestra Charity Concert in support of IOM's activities will take place on March 25 2017 in Geneva. Get your tickets here!
“I left Osaka for Colombo in Sri Lanka when I was 31 to take a 3-month IOM assignment as an architect on shelter construction for Tsunami victims. Colombo was so noisy! Taxi drivers were honking all the time. I was not really used to that.
Music was part of my life since a very young age: when I was 11, my mother suggested I learn an instrument which would enrich my life. I picked up the flute as we could find a teacher in the neighborhood at that time.
I stopped playing the flute after joining IOM in 2005 since I couldn’t enjoy playing the flute in a stressful environment. When I moved to Geneva from Haiti and heard about this Orchestra, I strongly felt a need to play flute again. I feel I am creating something together with the others and playing in an orchestra makes me feel livable.
I’m based in Geneva, surrounded by people from all over the world and living in such a dynamic relentless environment. Here, we need to speak up for ourselves while in Japan, the silence is beauty and we always avoid giving our opinions until we are asked to. I discovered that in an international environment, if you keep silent, you will be ignored.
Music is what helps me keep quiet and calm down, especially when I come back from the field.”
photo credit: iom/muse Mohammed