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Asif – Afghanistan

Arrived in Belgium at age 14.



Today I am 17, I am in the 4th year of mechanics area and I have work aside.



I was born in Afghanistan. I was living with my uncle, my aunt, my sister and my cousins. We had many problems with the Taliban and the military. It was very dangerous, that’s why I had to flee from my country. I was alone and 14 years old.

My exile took three months. I passed through Iran, Turkey and Greece before reaching Belgium. At the airport, I was taken to a closed center in which I spent one month. Once free, I was transferred in a host center for two months, then to another in which I spent one year.
During that period, I met a young afghan with whom I made friendship. He told me about Mentor-Escale telling me that there are people who could help me for administrative paperwork and to settle in Brussels.

Mentor-Escale has helped me in the whole process of settlement. At the beginning, I use to come to ask many questions and discuss with the workers. I had difficulties for understanding because of the language barrier. An educator also helped me to find a school and to get enrolled.
Today I am 17 years old, I speak and understand French very well. I am in the 4th year of mechanics and I have work aside. Even though I don’t have much time at the moment, I come from time to time when I need help or just to say hello.

When I think about the future, I think most of all of completing my studies. “ It is hard to have a picture of myself in the future because we never know when death occurs. I also think about my sister who remained in Kaboul. She is a mother of two kids and it’s difficult to remember their faces. But actually, I don’t plan at all to go back to Afghanistan, fear and danger are too great”.


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