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On the 25th November 2015 we launched a collection of testimonials from refugee women in Germany – IN OUR OWN WORDS / IN UNSEREN EIGENEN WORTEN. This was in line with one of our main aims; amplifying the voice of refugee and migrant women in Germany, below are some examples of what they have say. More about the quotes here.
liebe Grüße, iwspace
One day when we still had the space in Ohlauer Straße we gathered a number of us together and wrote down little snippets of our experience here in Germany as refugee and migrant women. Here is an example what we, the women of iwspace, had to say:
Photo credit: background images by D Sharon Pruitt of Pink Sherbet Photography
Hello around the world
(dorood) درود = Farsi (Persian), spoken in Iran and Afghanistan among others
Ẹ n lẹ = Yorùbá, spoken mainly in Nigeria but also other parts of West Africa
Habari = Swahili, spoken in much of east Africa
Hallo = German
Hello = English
Hi = English
¡Hola! = Spanish
Is ka warran = Somali, spoken mainly in Somali, but also Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.
kedụ = Igbo, spoken in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea
(marḥaban) مرحبا = Arabic
Merhaba = Turkish
Moin = German
Molo = Xhosa, spoken in South Africa
你好 (nǐ hǎo) = Chinese (Mandarin)
Olá = Portuguese
Привет! (Privét!) = Russian
Salut = French
Sannu = Hausa, mostly spoken in Nigeria but also other parts of West Africa as well as Central Africa
Sawubona = Zulu, spoken mainly in South Africa
ታዲያስ (tadiyass) = Amharic, spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea