Different types of difficulties can force people to migrate from one place to another, such as conflicts and environmental catastrophes. What we always ignore, is the hindrances faced by immigrants after they migrate, issues that I had no clue of its existence before I met Khadijah, a Chadian refugee in Sudan.
Khadijah comes from a bordering city to Sudan, right next to Darfur, she moved to Sudan when the issues in Darfur and her city were at its peak (10 years ago). To me, meeting Khadijah was the most enlightening experience ever, I sat with her for hours trying to understand how she feels and how she’s being treated. Apparently, apart from being more secure now, she and other refugees lost being treated as humans the moment they left their hometowns. She said “I lost my child in a hospital in Khartoum, simply because he was neglected by doctors, for not being a first class citizen”. Along with being subjected to a heavy psychological pressure (like being labeled by many names), immigrants like Khadijah, have a lot of issues adapting with the community they are living in, issues and boundaries that prevent them from contributing to the social life in Sudan.
Khadijah represents a fascinating example of both a refugee and a human, she knows that as much as she needs to have support from others, she also has a duty to the community she is living in, so she adopted and raised a Sudanese orphan as a part of her duty and humanity, she also says that she fights most of her issues with working hard, hope and smiling for life.
ISFiT’s 2019 theme “migration” has a vital importance in attributing to the lives of immigrants around the world. Most if not all the people coming to ISFiT, are active or at least have influence in their communities, thus, by building an international platform for students coming with different backgrounds and mentalities, to be engaged in variable workshop discussions related to immigrants and migration, will categorically help in demolishing the barriers immigrants face, hoping for a better world.
Disclaimer: This article is not written by ISFiT and all credits for text and pictures go to Osama Hassan Makki Mohamedahmed, Ambassador ISFiT19.