"This year, for the first time, the Refugee Cultural Festival was organised in Geneva, Switzerland. I was happy to take part in the planning and execution of the first edition. For a long time, I have thought that locals could do more to help refugees and migrants by learning to be curious about others and creating social spaces where everyone can express themselves freely. This is what our festival tried to promote and encourage.
I'm currently back in my home country, but travel has taken me to many places around the world, including Canada where I used to live. I therefore understand the ways in which migration and, in some cases, asylum can change one's life outlook. Ultimately, everyone wants to fit in regardless of their background or the circumstances that caused them to relocate — that's what integration is about. Those who move should do their best to stay curious and openminded, but those in the receiving country should spend less time looking at the differences and more time trying to find the similarities between all of us. We are all cut from the same cloth, for we are all humans no matter our differences."
This story is brought to you in partnership with The Refugee Cultural Festival, 2017 edition. The festival was launched to encourage small, local actions to embrace diversity and support those forced to leave their homes due to war, famine and climate change. Learn more about the festival and donate by clicking here.