Leaving my country to protect my daughter

When and why did you leave your country?

I left my country on 27th of July 2019 to protect my daughters from female genital mutilation.

Where did you start your journey?

 It started in my home in Ivory Coast in Daloa which is a city about 400km from the capital Abidjan.

Which countries did you travel through?

Ghana and Italy.

Why did you choose this country rather than another country?

I did not choose France, my goal was to reach Italy. However, because of the reception conditions in the camps in Italy we went to France. Moreover, I speak French so for me it was easier as there were no language barriers when doing paperwork.

What was your principal difficulty once you arrived in the host country?

Find an accommodation.

Do you have a job?


Do you have local friends

No, only acquaintances.

What do you do in your spare time?

Go stroll in malls, parks and gardens.

What do you want to do in host city?

I want to work. If I need to do some training courses or studies to do so then I will.

What do you think will help newcomers?

Have a faster access to accommodations.

What do you miss about your country?


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