What made 30 people of different ages, nationalities, and backgrounds spend two weeks in Italy? Their desire to attend the training about Cultural Mediation of the RE.BE.CO project and start their journey as cultural mediators! In this article, participants Favour, Mariia, and Daniel explain to us their experiences.
What is going on in Colombia after the election of a historically leftist government?
Did the peace agreement really bring a stop to violence in the country? Is there hope for the new government? Nelly and Lucía, two Colombian women who migrated to Spain, tell us their stories to help us get closer to the reality of Buenaventura, a port on Colombia’s Pacific coast. A place full of contradictions, that summarises many of the main issues of the country, where prosperity and poverty clash into violence, but where the potential of a future Colombia can already be perceived.
At OCC Greece, Monday is a particular day: we don’t hold classes and the afternoon is entirely dedicated to the Women’s Space, an activity held by the OCC (female) volunteers for the women from the refugee community.
These last days in Polykastro have been full of changes: many families who had been waiting for years to complete their asylum process are getting international protection or refugee status and are leaving Greece. This would therefore seem to be the end of the exhausting migration journey, but actually it is not; it’s just another step on a path full of challenges.
In this blog post, we portray Afghanistan through the words of the Afghan people that are living in the camp of Nea Kavala and in Polykastro as asylum seekers. We just asked interviewees one question: what do you want people to know about your country?
A relevant question when working with refugee children is “what does it mean to be a refugee child?”. Many children experience the first phase of migration with confusion and disorientation. All these changes can create a psychological vulnerability that often manifests in trauma, development dysfunctions, communication, and socialization difficulties.
Hace exactamente un año, en Open Cultural Center empezamos un nuevo y ambicioso proyecto: Juventud Para Todos. A través de esta iniciativa, proporcionamos alojamiento y formación agrícola a ocho jóvenes migrados que llegaron a España como menores no acompañados. Ha llegado el momento de hacer retrospectiva.
“I hope my story helps other people”. That is what Ivana concluded after talking to us, since her story is one of many changes: from living in Peru to moving to Spain, from working as an accountant to studying data analytics, and finally from being assigned male at birth to becoming who she is: a woman.
Today we celebrate the #WorldRefugeeDay, an international day issued by the United Nations that falls every year on the 20th of June.
It is a way to honour the courage and the strength of millions of refugees, who, every year, are forced to flee from their own country, and an occasion to highlight which are the rights everyone should be entitled to.
The war in Yemen is not one of those conflicts that we hear about on the news every week. However, this country is experiencing what some call the worst humanitarian crisis happening in the world right now. Our OCC interns Serin and Dionne had a conversation with Akram, one of our long-term ESC volunteers, who is from Yemen.