BALOBESHAYI

African Women Voices

Common Feelings: I Too Need a Community

It is something we never cease to stress enough: whenever you decide to travel or move somewhere, you really need a community.
Many people we interviewed for (IN)VISIBLE CITIES told us so and they couldn’t have been more right. A community is not only the comfort zone for African migrants or a support system for people from the same countries.
I’ll be travelling to Prague this week, I’ll present the initial results of (IN)VISIBLE CITIES at the conference Challenges of International Migrtion, organised by the Economics University. Thu only memories I have on Prague aren’t good ones and I didn’t feel like giving the city another chance. I was feeling anxious and preoccupied. But as soon as I got in touch with another participant who’s going to stay in my same accommodation, the anxiety slowly dissolved. I only needed community, even a small one. I ended to know I will certainly meeting someone as I arrive and that released my tension.
I can’t help but thinking how migrants coming from a completely different context would feel. How would you feel?

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This entry was posted on 9 December 2014 by in Diary and tagged , , , .
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