Posted by Nicoletta ()
“I am Baryali, It took me 8 years and 5000 km walk to reach Italy after fleeing Afghanistan. I arrived here alone, nothing with me, I left my family and my friends, my job, my country and I leaped in the dark: I couldn’t stay in a war torn Country anymore. I left when I was just 17 years old. Once in Rome, I slept in the street for a period, before entering in a shelter and finally finding a job and a room where to stay. However, my dream was to study, even if I wasn’t raised thinking about studying as a “duty”. I have started working when I was 5 years old, working was my duty. My family has no graduates: I am going to be the first one! Right now I am studying Political Science. Thanks to a private grant, I am attending University. Integration to me is easy, they sell it as an obstacle, but have you ever thought how easy can be for a person that has crossed Africa by foot? Integration is the very last step after years of violence, fatigue and struggle. It is 0,5% of the whole “migration process”. To achieve integration, you just need good will and good predisposition by both sides: the migrant and hosting society. My presupposition is that doing good you will get good back. We, young people, today are very connected and more informed than our parents were. Adults are the ones who really need to be taught on the great opportunities of diversity and multiculturalism. Sending everybody back home is nonsense, there’s just one way forward: acceptance and mutual understanding”.