Sister Aida

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2,672 kmfrom home
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" migration is a good thing, it allows us to change up the routine, discover new things and learn lessons "
Sister Aida
Occupation: 
Sister
Current Country: 
Chad
Country of Origin: 
Lebanon

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FROM LEBANON WITH LOVE

“I really appreciate Chadians, for their piety and hospitality whether Christian or Muslim, it is thanks to my migration to Chad, that I discovered this virtue. 

I am Aida, a religious sister, Lebanese migrant of the Sisters of the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and Director of the Centre Al-Mouna, an institution birthed from migration. I am originally from Mont Liban, of Jdeidet El Metn next to the capital of Beirut. Professionally, I am a social worker and community organizer.

Before coming to Chad, I worked 22 years as a University professor and worked with CARITAS International in Lebanon with the Palestinian migrants displaced by the wars in the South of the country. 

For me, migration is a good thing, it allows us to change up the routine, discover new things and learn lessons, if we know how to take advantage of it. Also, at Centre Al-Mouna, we are an association that excepts everyone, without exception. Personally, I am pushing for Chadians to reach a level where ethnic and religious barriers don’t stop us from accepting each other. My contribution, as a migrant, is to accept other migrants, as Chadians have accepted me, so we can live in love and pacifically, this is very important.”

This story is part of the "Beyond the Headlines: an Overview of Migration in Chad" publication.

 

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