On November 16, 7 younger folks from the Tribe participated in a program on a Nazairian youth radio station, La Tribu. For an hour, they might hear and bounce from the story of Yasser, Sudanese, who arrived in France in 2016. When the phrase refugee is spoken in France, it’s usually related to a quantity: what number of are there? What number of will we welcome? Do now we have the means to welcome them? It’s uncommon to take the time for historical past, for narrative. One factor is for certain, leaving your nation just isn’t a trivial act, a alternative, it’s a necessity, regardless of the motive.
Yasser is now 29 years previous. He’s Sudanese. Sudan, a rustic affected for 16 years by the civil conflict, the Darfur disaster. This armed battle is between totally different tribes and has left tens of 1000’s of individuals lifeless and greater than 1,000,000 refugees. Yasser arrived in France in 2016. He’s presently coaching as a boilermaker on the AFPA in Saint-Nazaire. On November 16, he agreed to clarify his journey from Sudan to France and his reintegration. Reluctant at first, he feared the language barrier at first. Talking on the radio just isn’t simple. In entrance of the younger folks from La Tribu radio, he tells his story in a single go, as soon as the microphone is open.
From Libya, Yasser arrived in Europe via Italy, Sicily. ” After I arrive in Italy, I inform myself that I need to go away, I don't really feel protected. I’m questioned by the police who ask me what I do there, who I’m, the place I come from “. The Italian police need to know who drove the boat and are persevering with their questions. “I really feel like a felony, I'm actually very scared, having to cope with police from one other nation, I used to be afraid of being hit. I attempt to converse however she doesn't hearken to me. At all times the identical query: are you driving the boat? “.
On the second day, the police take Yasser and his pals to Rome, ” with my pals we’re searching for folks to speak to however I don’t know Italian. Nobody speaks English or Italian. Night time is coming. We keep sleeping on the road. I'm searching for a blanket. For us, it's very chilly ”. The subsequent day, Yasser searches for meals however with out cash this activity is complicated. He finally ends up assembly an individual who speaks Arabic, “I ask him if there’s a place for folks like me, for refugees”. She reveals him the best way from the bus station to get to Genoa.
As soon as in Genoa, Yasser stays there for 2 weeks, “There are lots of people like me, I ask them the place to seek out meals they usually clarify it to me. Everybody wished to go to France “. On the spot, he meets a wounded, “He tells me he was attacked by canine. I'm afraid. At this second, I have to determine to remain or to depart “. Yasser decides to depart, nonetheless together with his 5 pals. He has two decisions: the forest or climbing the mountain. He takes the third approach: the highway. “I’m very drained, I’m soiled, I’m hungry, I discover it too harmful to undergo the mountains and the forest. So with my pals, we observe the highway, the vehicles ”. After eight or 9 hours of strolling, they arrive on the French border. “However there, there may be the police, the Italian police behind us and the French police in entrance of us. Proper now, I simply need to go to mattress and sleep. However we’re in the midst of the forest within the mountains. I determine to remain there. My pals go to the border and are arrested. All … “. He has no different alternative however to take the trail of the forest. Alone, he’ll spend the night time there, “Round four or 5 within the morning, I lastly get to sleep, I'm very chilly. And I don't have the garments I want. I come from Africa! The subsequent day, I go away. I attempt to climb the mountain to flee the police however I fall and injure my ankle “. For 2 days, Yasser doesn’t eat, doesn’t drink, he advances, “Strolling turns into sophisticated … After two days, I discover an apple tree. I snicker, I snicker, I snicker, so blissful I’m like discovering a treasure. I eat, I eat, I eat. From the tree, I see the police and inform myself I’ve to go. I'm exhausted, damage “. Yasser manages to stroll for 3 days, discovering water alongside the highway, “Throughout these three days, I solely ate as soon as. The third day, within the morning, I believe I’ll arrive in Good “.
He meets a lady who confirms that he’s in Good. “I'm soiled, exhausted, I'm hungry. Regardless of the whole lot, I’m by the ocean and I discover it fairly. I determine to search for the bus however I’m fully misplaced ”. Lastly, Yasser finds a bus and climbs into it. There, a lady can not climb, “His suitcase is simply too large so I assist him. On the bus, we begin to chat. I ask him to talk in English. I’m soiled and injured. She’s questioning what’s taking place to me, I’m telling her the whole lot from Libya. She says no it's not potential “. This lady takes Yasser to a restaurant in order that he can eat, “We eat pizza, I don't cease consuming. We keep collectively for an hour and preserve speaking. She presents to stick with her to vary my garments. However I want to say no. The police are there and I'm afraid. I inform him I need to go to Paris “. The benefactress explains to Yasser the best way to get to the station and pays him for a bus ticket. “I do as she informed me and I repeat the phrase station”. On the finish of the day, he arrives at Good station. He sees the vacation spot of Paris. He takes the practice and falls asleep instantly. On the best way, in Marseille, he’s arrested by the police, “There I say to myself, the police are higher than the animals within the forest”. After just a few questions, he lets him go, Yasser continues on his strategy to Paris, “The police even take me again to the station as a result of I’m very drained and I take the practice and not using a ticket. I’ve no alternative, I’ve neither paper nor cash ”.
Yasser arrives in Paris through the Gare de Lyon. ” I nonetheless don’t converse French, a bit English and Arabic. No one speaks English or Arabic. I'm misplaced “. And but, he managed to succeed in Paris. Lastly, somebody directs her in direction of the door of the Chapel, “Over there, you will see that assist, there are folks such as you, I’m informed”. Porte de la Chapelle, Yasser will get info, eating, garments, “I discovered organizations that assist folks with the whole lot. There’s even a trainer, Sophie, who offers me French classes. She may be very type. I actually have a good friend named Christophe who offers me his cellphone quantity if I want to talk. Everybody may be very type. “. Yasser stays greater than three weeks, “There, I now not know whether it is an affiliation or the police who take us to a house. We’re 80. I keep eight months on this dwelling and I apply for papers ». He applies for asylum.
He leaves for Saumur, the countryside, as he describes it, “I preserve fascinated with work however with out paper it's sophisticated, I work in wine”. He harvests. “I waited 15 months to get my asylum in France. It was fullifor me as a result of there was nothing I might do “. As soon as the papers are obtained, he thinks of just one factor: to work. Because of an acquaintance, he obtained this coaching in Saint-Nazaire from the AFPA in Nantes.
He adopted his coaching as a boilermaker on the AFPA in Saint-Nazaire, three months funded by the State and three months funded by an interim company, ” It’s a really artistic job for me, and I’m fortunate to even have French classes ”. It advantages from the Hope motion, embrace Lodging Orientation Course to Employment. Thus far, 36 refugees have been skilled at AFPA in Saint-Nazaire.
The radio broadcast is nearing its finish. Throughout this system, the query of why this exile may have been requested. Yasser didn’t want to reply. His story belongs to him. But a couple of minutes from the tip, he offers himself up, “I'm right here, the ocean is in entrance of me I’ve an opportunity and behind me I’ll die. It was not simple for me. I knew that if I attempted to cross the Mediterranean, there have been dangers, I’ve lifeless pals at sea, it is extremely harmful. The issue is that if I keep there … There’s a probability, and there you’ll die. My father died after me. I attempt to neglect my story however it’s not potential “.
Discover the radio program La Tribu: https://www.latriburadio.com/podcast/emission-du-samedi-16-novembre/
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