In her hometown in the Afghan province of Baghlan Mojgan had been defenselessly exposed to regular Taliban attacks for many years. In 2011 she decided to leave everything behind and fled to Iran. With her husband and two very small daughters Mojgan tried to start a new life there, but the country’s negative perceptions of Afghans and the limited opportunities to integrate made her realize that Iran was not a long-term option for her families, particularly her daughters. Once again the family left everything behind and embarked on the arduous journey to unknown Germany, in the hopes of a peaceful life filled with opportunities.
Months of “traveling” followed – mostly on foot, carrying her daughters for hours on end but sometimes also by bus or on inflatable boats by sea. They traveled through Turkey, the Balkans, Hungary and Austria until they finally arrived in Berlin in August 2015. Since then they have been living in a home for refugees – four people sharing 16 square metres.
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Before fleeing from Afghanistan, Mojgan worked as a seamstress and a cook. Now she eagerly hopes to build a fulfilling life for her family in Germany. Her daughters already feel quite at home, go to school and have many friends. Mojgan´s greatest challenge is to find a real apartment for her family and a good job for herself. She met the Care Forward team during an information session at her refugee shelter and signed up immediately. Since then she has developed a new hope of finding a suitable job and support in doing so.
“I love this program!”, she says smiling. Despite submitting various job applications, Mojgan has not been successful at finding a stable job, mostly due to language constraints. Since attending the Care Forward training program Mojgan imagines herself working as a domestic helper or preferably as a cook in a daycare centre. The Care Forward program, which she recommends with all her heart to any woman in a similar situation in life, offers a great orientation for career training. It provides important support for the next steps – from composing a CV, finding a suitable computer course, to making introductions to potential employers. Care Forward has given Mojgan renewed hope and she is curious as to where her journey will take her. She sees her future in Berlin, the capital city of Germany and – for the sake of her daughters – she will do everything in her power to never go back to the unknown.