Marwan: ‘I got this life and this chance’

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Marwan: ‘I got this life and this chance’

In the audience there are some people who mean a lot to me, like the family that took me in when I first got to Sweden. The show contains fragments of my life, everything I’ve been through. It’s mostly based on the interview with the Migration Agency, the agency that decides if you’ll get shelter or get kicked out of Sweden. You’re in an investigation room, it’s super-small and dreary, very stressful. You feel like you are between ice and fire in the meeting with the case officer.

The point of the show is to show more than statistics and numbers. It shows that refugees have stories, memories.

Based on my looks, people assume things. I have a lot of things that people don’t realise about me. I’m a feminist who loves heavy metal.

I don’t believe in borders or nationality, or in God. I believe in actions and integrity.

I’ve always been a curious person. One of the reasons why I came to Sweden was that it’s very diverse, something completely new, something that can give me new perspectives. Life is too short to waste on bullshit. I don’t know what’s going to happen after I die, but I got this life and this chance. I want to experience every moment of it. I’m not talking of partying or drugs, I want to learn things, meet people. My philosophy is that you only live once. YOLO.

 

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Last updated: 5 April 2017

Alexander Mahmoud