Photo essay #1 - Rahim

'INSIGHT – through the eyes of refugees' is a project consisting of 10 photo essays taken and written by refugees. With financial support from the Danish fund; Hjælpefonden Journalistgården, Refugee.Today has been able to give 10 people the opportunity to show us their lives in Denmark. The following photo essay gives us an insight into the life of Rahim. Read more about the project below.


My name is Sayed Rahim Rahimi and I have been in Denmark for a bit more than 2 years. I am from Afghanistan and grew up in the capital, Kabul. After I graduated high school, I studied philosophy and sociology for 3,5 years at Kabul University. Alongside my lessons I took a job as a journalist, because I was interested in becoming a reporter. Today, it is still my wish to be a good reporter or photographer in the future.


Walking...


When I have spare time, I go to Copenhagen to enjoy the weather and see the city. Sometimes, it makes me so happy inside, that I am able to walk around and see the city without having to fear war. I find joy in watching how everyone enjoy their freedom and live in peace. Sometimes, when I see families walk together or share a meal, I pray to Allah to help me see my mother and my father again, and to be able to walk and eat with them here in Denmark, and live in peace.



My room...


I live in a container that the Danish government made as a temporary residence for refugees. This room is my living room, my bedroom and my kitchen. Sometimes I get sad while I am preparing food, because it reminds me of my mother and how she cooked for me. 

My mother is my love, my life, my sun, my moon, my world, my everything. She is the best things I know, and it is my biggest wish to see her again. Unfortunately, I don’t even have a picture of her to put in my room. It is very hard for me to think about my parents, because I do not where they are. Every single day, I pray that they are still alive.

Thinking...


When I want to reflect on my life, I go to this place in Dragør. Then I review my past and think about how I can solve my problems as well as how I can avoid making mistakes in the future.


Friends...

I have friends who live in Copenhagen. They are the best, so brave and always positive. Mostly we meet in the weekends and go to the cinema or to a restaurant and talk about things that matter.

School...

I am studying Danish in a language school in Kastrup three times a week. It is very important for me to learn Danish and to continue my education. I have some good teachers and sweet classmates, we always try to help each other out in class.


Family...

I have a contact family and they are very polite and kind. They are a family of four; Carsten with his beautiful girlfriend, smart son and sweet daughter. They always help me improve my Danish and teach me about the Danish culture. I am proud of them and I am so happy to have this family.


Friendly house & friendly club...

In Dragør we have “Friendly house” (Venligbohus in Danish) and every Tuesday we come here to meet friends and family. We also play billiard, eat cakes, drink tea and coffee and just talk to each other. When we (the refugees)have some problems with the Danish language or personal matters, the Danish people help us.

Sports...


I like sports and especially football. Every Friday, I play football with my friends in Dragør football club. We are about
15 players, all of them refugees and its free for us. I also love to watch football matches in the television, and I especially enjoy it when Real Madrid win ;-)


Swimming...


When the weather gets warm I go swimming. Fortunately, we have a nice place for swimming in Dragør and it is free for all. It is near the beach and it is very beautiful and clean.

Sadness...


When I see children enjoy their childhood and being so cute, I remember my own childhood and gets sad and angry. My childhood wasn’t good, because I had to work as a carpet waver from when I was 9 years old. At the age of 11 I had to live in Pakistan without my parents and make carpets. At times in Denmark I feel very sad and unhappy. When I see children and their family sit in a restaurant, it reminds me of my own family and I think to myself why I am not able to be like them.

Respect and freedom...

When I am walking in the city and see people walk in peace and far from explosions and war, I become so happy. In Denmark, no one asks you about your religion and there is freedom of religion and freedom of speech. I am Muslim, but I have friends that are non-Muslims and friends that are Muslims, but they respect me and I respect them.

News...

I always follow the news to see what happens in the world. Sometimes when I watch the news, especially those from Afghanistan, it makes my cry, because it is all about explosions and war. I have more than 500 friends on Facebook and when I go to my Facebook wall, almost all posts are about killing, rape and explosions. I fear checking my Facebook wall in case someone in Denmark writes about deportation out of the country. This has a very bad effect on my daily life.



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