A huge door was opening in front of me.. The Foundation was giving me some money, but, more than money, the Foundation has gifted me with hope: it helped me coming out of my depression, it gave me the desire to live again..
Everybody respects me here, and I have found a family in this Atelier: every woman I work with is like a relative, a sister.
Khadija, Iraqi refugee working at the Atelier Migrants du Monde
Khadija is of Iraqi origins: since 1986, she is married with a Moroccan man settled in Bagdad: they have two kids, their jobs, a house… After the war, things change and the couple receives death threats: their cousins are tortured and executed by the militia, their kids killed during an explosion; the couple looses their house due to explosions, and is eventually forced to leave the country. Having traveled through Jordan, it eventually arrives in Morocco, where Khadija joins her family-in-law. After her arrival, Khadija falls in depression.. she does not want to live anymore.
When she passes by the Fondation Orient-Occident, she sees bunches of women and children; she hears a music, and the sound of drums. Khadija seeks information on the Foundation, and she discovers that it is a place where they help migrants and refugees, as well as Moroccans in precarious conditions. Khadija has knowedge of broidery, and she soon joins the Atelier “Migrants du Monde” , where she has been working ever since 2012.
If the Fondation Orient-Occident cannot replace all I have lost in my life, at least it has gifted me with a certain independence and security, it gave me the opportunity to learn a job and above all, it has surrounded me with precious affections.