Wafaa Abo Zarifa

 Palestine

"A positive ambition in life gave me the strength to challenge the odds and overcome the difficulties. Thank to that I achieved a lot of what I desired."

    My name is Wafaa, I graduated from the university with a very good grade. I then specialized in media studies and  volunteered in a number of associations that promote human rights, especially women rights in Palestine. While working as a journalist in a number of local newspapers, I focused on writing about the political and socio-economic aspect of the reality with a particular interest in telling humanitarian stories.

    After having being involved in a number of projects promoting the exchange of cultures and experiences between Eastern and Western countries, I worked as a project coordinator and as a young leadership trainer. I prepared television and radio programs and documented the various wars that my city, the Gaza strip,  faced.

    One year and 6 months ago “life”, the chance took me to Luxembourg where I recently obtained all the documents that allow me to be a resident in Luxembourg.

    I like to be active in the community.  I have recently founded, with some peers,  an association called “Integration Media”, with which I hope to be able to achieve many projects on which I’m working on.

    I would like to say that Luxembourg has given me  the security and peace that I have been deprived of in my motherland and the freedom that I dreamt of for many years. I am grateful to the Luxembourg, but this has not prevented me from continuing to love my culture, wanting to share it with others as well as learning about others’ culture.

    I appreciate very much in Luxembourg the manner in which the Duke and the Duchess deal with citizens, and the policies pursued by the Luxembourg government to create a compatible civil society in various fields, and the most interesting things that caught my attention in Luxembourg is the cultural diversity and the obvious community mix.
    I enjoy it here; I was surprised by some things of which I would like to write about  in the blog.

    I can describe my life here by some feelings such as : Security, New lifestyle, Patience.

    I have good relation with Luxembourg city, because it’s the first city which have welcomed me after a long journey.
    I have in Luxembourg  good memories. Luxembourg is my sweet home, my love, my darling friends, my work …. Vianden, the second city which I love, it’s very beautiful, I love the castle of Vianden,  it really describes Luxembourgish history.

    Do you want to know an arabic word difficult to be translated in other languages?
    keffiyeh” or “kufiy“, a  traditional men headdress that a has become the symbol of Palestinian struggle.

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