26/01/17

10 questions with: Rahimeh Noor Mohammidi (26), Mohammed Soltani (30), Rahimeh and Mohammed are at City Plaza with their son Arvin (1 year old) and Rahimeh is 2 months pregnant.
From: Herat, Afghanistan
At City Plaza since: 08/16

  1. What does City Plaza mean to you?

Mohammed:
City Plaza is a home for us. Here we have security, privacy and access to a doctor for our family. We have our own room where Arvin can play and dance, he loves to dance!

  1. 3 words to describe the experience of living with 400 others at City Plaza:

Rahimeh:
Love, better (than the camps), education

  1. For you what is the main difference between the camps and City Plaza?

Rahimeh:
There is a big big difference!

Mohammed:
City Plaza is a much better place for us to be. Here we have hot water, our own room, privacy, a bed to sleep on. And for Arvin it’s the best. In our room we have the space and privacy to play and to really be together.

  1. Where is your favourite place to be at City Plaza?

Mohammed:
The dining room. This is where we play with Arvin in a big open space, he can run around and dance and play. We use the tables to drum and we sing so that he has music to dance to.

  1. What are your hopes for your future?

Mohammed:
We came to Europe to work hard to make our future brighter, especially for our children. If the border opens again I want to work again (Mohammed worked as a builder in Afghanistan), I want to support my family

Rahimeh:
I haven’t worked before but I want to, of course.

  1. What will you miss about City Plaza?

Mohammed:
We will miss our City Plaza family… and the name! I love the name, ‘City Plaza’.

Rahimeh:
I will miss the teachers, the volunteers, the good days and even the bad days. Every day we make many memories here, happy and sad.

  1. How do you participate in the self-organisation of City Plaza?

Mohammed:
We participate in all the shifts here and most of all we both love to work in the kitchen.

  1. Have you learnt any words here in the languages of refugees from other countries?

Rahimeh:
In Kurdish I can say hello and in Arabic I can say how are you?/I’m fine thanks, you?.

  1. What is your best memory so far at City Plaza?

Rahimeh:
The day that Mohammed arrived at Plaza (Mohammed had been in a detention center for 2 months before he joined Rahimeh and Arvin at City Plaza). It was the first time in so long that we we were all together in a safe place.

  1. City Plaza is not supported by NGOs and is supported entirely by donations from around the world . What does solidarity mean to you?

Mohammed:
Solidarity means everyone from every country, refugees or not, standing together.
We all have to raise our voices so that the borders are open again and until then it is so important that City Plaza stays open.

Detail of the day:

Rahimeh:
This morning we woke up early to go to the hospital. I had blood tests to check my hormone levels and soon we’ll know exactly how many weeks pregnant I am. I can’t wait to meet our baby!

City Plaza relies entirely on solidarity and donations from around the world. To keep this project going City Plaza needs your support: www.youcaring.com/keepcityplazaopen

 

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