Yalda: ‘I miss my mum’

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Yalda (left) and Esther (right). Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Yalda: ‘I miss my mum’

When I had a cold my mum used to get stressed, tuck me in, warm me some milk and feed me.

I have a cold now, but there’s no one around me getting stressed or tucking me in or warming me milk.

I miss my family so much. I miss my mum.

You ask a lot of questions – do you even know what it’s like to miss your mum?

I hope most of the time. That everything will be fine. It’s hard to be alone, but there are many of us who are alone. We learn from each other. We must be strong.



Everyone wants me to adapt to them in this country. They don’t understand what I’ve been through. Those of us who are forced to flee experience things we never thought we would have to. Many of us need to get extra help and meet people who understand what we’ve been through and where we come from.

I’m going to work with human rights in the future – I’m sure of it. I want to work for refugees, for gender equality and the right to be who you want.

I don’t like it when someone tries to change who I am.

Who I am?

I love to dance. I always fight for people. I try to laugh at all my problems. I am strong.


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Last updated: 5 April 2017

Alexander Mahmoud