Migrant Child Storytelling

France

Dhaba’s story


I have been living under a bridge for eight months. I try every day to cross. We survive on distributions. Sometimes at night a dog urinates on us. The police take our sleeping bags.

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France

Yonas’ Story


My father was imprisoned when I was fourteen and because my mother had so many children I went to live with my aunt. My father was a soldier. Everyone is a soldier in Eritrea. We don’t know why he was imprisoned.

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Mexico

Emily’s story


My name is Emily, I’m from the busy city of Tijuana, Mexico. I lived in Mexico for six years before I moved to California with my mom, dad, and my only brother. The only thing I remember about living in Mexico those...

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Italy

Lama’s Story


I was a carpenter from fourteen years old. I have never been to school. I lived in a big town with my grandmother. My father is alive but not my mother. She died when I was five. I have only one sister....

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Greece

Ahmed’s Story


We lived in a small village. My father ran a factory, my mother was a housewife. I have three brothers and three sisters, I am the third eldest. I cannot remember any happy time before the war. All I can recall is...

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Italy

Whisky’s story


Call me Whisky, that is what my friends call me. Gambia was not easy. I was there with my parents, my mother and father, but my father did not like me. He has three wives so I did not have any help....

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Italy

Siva’s story


I lived with my father and mother in Nigeria. When I was eight my father died and my mother married another man. He wanted to take advantage of me and he treated me badly. I did not want to stay there, so...

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Italy

Salaam’s story


My mother left Eritrea when she was two years old because of war. All her family, her parents and sisters and brothers, died there and she went to Sudan. My father is also Eritrean. So I was born in Khartoum. I lived...

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Greece

Jusuf’s story


My father was a tailor, he made clothes for children and men and women. He had a shop next to the house, like this place we are sitting in now, when I was five years old. This was in a village. The...

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Greece

Ghadeer’s Story


I am from Syria, my father owned a factory but during the war he shut it. There is him, my mother and two brothers in my family, I am the oldest. I remember a little from before the war: the first time...

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Italy

Isabel’s story


We come from a town near Sabratha in Libya. My father is a business man and my mother is a writer. I have a younger brother and sister. When I was little our life in Libya was good. The best times were...

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Greece

Anna’s Story


My city had both Arabs and Kurds. I was five when the war began and until now we have war. When I was seven I went to school, we lived in an apartment. When the bomb came it damaged it, I don’t...

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Greece

Maria’s Story


Life at home was amazing. I went to kindergarden, it was nice. All the children played. My mum was always very good with us, no matter what I asked my parents would be there for me and I for them. I dreamt...

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Greece

Majd’s Story


I cannot remember anything from before the war. My first memory is bombing and being scattered around. War came suddenly. We started hearing boom, boom, boom, boom and we ran away immediately, we jumped into our basement. There were snipers shooting into...

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Italy

Sadiq’s story


I come from a small village in Somalia, near the Somali border. I lived with my mother and father and my brothers and sisters. I am in the middle. We all lived together in a typical Somali house like those in your...

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