Photo: Ezechiel Minnamou Djoubsou
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.