In Iraq, you can’t trust neither the police nor the army. That is the problem. When I came to Europe, I was alone and so scared. There is a huge difference between the European police and the police in Iraq. Some of the Iraqi policemen are part of militias and they are not the protectors of the people. When I entered Denmark and had to talk to the police, my heart was pumping so hard, but they were very kind and told me about the asylum procedure.
When my mother and I got our residence permit we were crying out of happiness. In my opinion, I deserve a permission to stay in Denmark. I need help, we have no safety in Iraq. I don’t want to be sent back and die in Iraq, just because I belong to a religious minority.
I am an active, dedicated and ambitious person and therefore I spend most of my time studying Danish and working on meaningful projects. However, in my spare time, I love to run and hike in the nature, both are wonderful ways of finding peace of mind.
The things I miss the most from Iraq are my friends and to go for a walk in the streets of Baghdad.
As a newcomer in Denmark, it is very important to have friends. Us refugees really need volunteers to guide us and tell us more about Denmark and the Danes.
In the end I would like to say thanks to Denmark and the Danish people who helped save our lives. I wish that you will continue to help more people - you are great humans.
about the project
INSIGHT is a series of photo essays taken and written by refugees living in Denmark. With financial support from the Danish fund; Hjælpefonden Journalistgården, Refugee.Today has been able to give 10 refugees the opportunity to show us their lives in Denmark.
The participants in INSIGHT live in various parts of Denmark, from Hjørring to Bornholm, and are of different nationalities and backgrounds. They are all refugees with a residence permit in Denmark, but first of all they are individuals. In the course of 7 days these people have documented their everyday lives through photography and words.
By letting refugees be in charge of the camera, Refugee.Today offers an insight into a world that is not always accessible to the public. Refugees and integration are heavily disputed topics in Danish society, but rarely are the voices and viewpoints of the refugees
themselves visible in the debate.
Through these photo essays the viewer is offered a gaze into everyday life as a newcomer in Denmark. How does the Danish society look through their eyes? How is everyday life as a refugee in a new country taking place? How is the past and present balanced for people who have had to flee their homes?