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Mahbouhbeh is an Iranian refugee who has been in Athens for four years with her husband. Mahboubeh is a passionate chef and frequently makes headlines in Greece as an activist for women’s rights and as a cook for homeless people. Mahbouhbeh works as a caregiver and also runs the education program of an NGO for refugees in Athens.
Farahnaz was born in Afghanistan as a sister to seven siblings and lived most of her life in Iran. She fled to Greece some years ago with her husband, her little daughter and a toddler and has been living in Athens for four years. She now speaks Greek and English and works as a caregiver. She also volunteers as a translator to help refugee women to have a better experience in their integration process than herself. Farahnaz is currently the main breadwinner for the family but hopes to be able to finish her education on the side.
Fariba was born as an Afghani woman in an Iranian refugee camp. She works in a small atelier in Athens where she creates and sews her own bags, made of rubber from the dinghys used by refugees to cross the Mediterranean. She came to Greece with her family several years ago. While the rest of her relatives are spread across Europe, she decided to stay in Athens and married her husband.
Nargis was born as Afghan refugee in Iran. Nargis is a great storyteller and Azadi filmmaker, and although she had studied Civil Engineering in Iran, her dream is to become a journalist. She says “I don’t want to be writer or Engineer, I want to be both of them.” Reunited with her parents in Germany, she learns German and English and hopes to be able to continue her studies.
Nour is Palestinian, born in Lebanon. Nour’s optimism has helped her overcome a lot of daily struggles of a refugee life: “Everything will pass, because I am strong.” Nour speaks English and German and currently finishes her school in Germany, where she lives with her mother and her younger brother. She is an Azadi filmmaker and started her own YouTube Channel. Nour also loves football.
Sakina was born in Afghanistan but lived most of her life in Iran, where she worked as a tailor. She came to Europe with her parents and brothers and initially stayed in Greece to finish her school, while her parents moved on to Germany. Meanwhile she reunited with her parents in Germany and learns German. Sakina dreams to become a lawyer.
Fariba studied medicine in Afghanistan and wants to become a doctor. Having experienced violence all her life, Fariba made her way to Greece with her younger brother. Although she continues to be exposed and retraumatized through violence in Europe’s biggest refugee camp, Fariba displays an amazing amount of resilience in the way that she takes care of her brother, and they way she wants to improve women’s rights, shedding light on refugees’ reality in camps as an Azadi filmmaker.
Latifeh is the oldest of six siblings, and since they lost their father at a young age, she had to work in a rug factory to provide for the family when she was 6 years old. Having lived as a refugee in Iran, she never went to school but still dreams of being a physician. Latifeh is hoping to be finally able to go to school in Europe.
Marziah says she “tasted the taste of being an immigrant from birth on” as she was born an Afghan refugee in Iran. Having always encountered barriers in every aspect of her life she dreams of being able to continue her education in Greece and become a teacher. Her biggest hope is her daughter, who she already shares her English lessons with.
Masume is married to a loving husband and is a mother of three kids. Being born an Afghan refugee in Iran, she has continuously been fleeing violence in her origin family. Her hope is to be reunited with her mother in Europe and to create a life without violence for her kids.
Najma is an Afghani teenager, born in Iran. Having lost her father early on she has been confronted with violence in Iran, on the route to Europe and in Moria. Najma loves photography and social media and wants to study in medical school.
Nilufer fled Afghanistan on her own as she could not bear the amount of violence anymore.
Roghaye is from Afghanistan and is a mother of three sons. She fled to Greece with two of her sons and her husband. Although she has experienced violence throughout her life, she says “I have never had and never will accept defeat.” Feeling finally safe in Europe, Roghaye wants to work as a journalist.
Saina is Afghani but lived most of her life in Iran, as her family fled war. She is a great singer and learns to play the guitar. Although she has been out of school for a long time and now lives her teenage years in a refugee camp, Saina dreams of being a physician one day. Saina is full of hope for a safe future and says she “does not look back”.
Soghra has lived in a war zone in Afghanistan and was forced to leave Afghanistan for her family to survive. She fled with her husband and daughter Saina, who is the couple’s last hope. Although Soghra herself is suffering from severe retraumatization in the camp, she has great listening skills and has become like a social worker for other women in the camp.
Zahra is an Afghan woman, raised in Iran. She had just entered law school as the family decided to leave Iran and now lives in Greece with her parents and siblings. In Moria, she works as a social worker and advocate for women’s rights. Her dream is to become an attorney and she hopes to be able to finish her studies in Europe.