“Solidarity is based on the principle that we are willing to put ourselves at risk to protect each other.” – Starhawk
Yesterday we had International Day at our school. The main focus this year was around solidarity. We had the opportunity to meet a range of people involved in solidarity and previous refugees who migrated to Norway. They talked about their long and tough journey to Norway. Most of them were war refugees who had to flee their countries in exhausting conditions.
We didn’t have time to go to every single person and listen to their stories. However, I was lucky enough to hear the story of Sagvan Fathi (refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan who has lived in Norway since 2000), Karrar Al-Azzawi (24 year old photograph and refugee from Iraq) and Mahasen Al Hassan (21 year old from Syria who just finished high school). Even though they all had similar stories it was interesting to hear the different perspectives they had one another. It’s something we, Norwegian students, have luckily never experienced before. They have been through so much in their lives that we should be thankful for the privileged lives we have.