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9 June 2017

« When I feel bad, I go to Mentor-Escale »

Chadia-Morocco

Arrived alone in Belgium



With time, I started to participate in activities and to open up to other people. I took confidence when I realized that people were helping me.



I was born in Casablanca, in a very modest family.

In order to bring money to my family, I had to think of doing prostitution, it was the only way for the young girls to make money. My mother didn’t want that and she sent me to live with my brother in Luxemburg when I was 13. I stayed there for one year but my sister-in-law was so violent with me. Then my brother told me to go to a friend, who raped me.

Then I stayed in a host center in Belgium for a year and a half. It was very hard, I turned to myself, I was hopeless. Then I arrived to Brussels. I didn’t know anybody, I had difficulties to express myself in French. In Morocco, I used to go to school but even with that, I didn’t know reading and writing.

When I arrived at Mentor-Escale, I was lost, I didn’t know anybody and was fearful. With time, I started to participate in activities and to open up to other people. I got confidence when I realized that people were helping me. Since I have been in Mentor-Escale, I know where and how to seek help. This year, I followed courses at “Lire et Ecrire”, or “Reading and Writing”, I have where to live, I am motivated and I like going to school. Now I have friends at Mentor-Escale and am not afraid to bring up my ideas. I like to participate in culinary activities and organize small parties. My life is better now and I would like to go and visit my family on Easter holidays.


 

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