I want to be a just man: I want to go back and help my people who are in great need
11 April 2017

Outside the school in Sohadat, Afghanistan. (JRS South Asia - John Mezsia)
“We decided to go back to Afghanistan because we couldn´t survive in the neighbouring country. There was no hope and my father couldn´t work...He couldn´t earn; he couldn´t support us. So we came back to Afghanistan."

Afghanistan, 11 April 2017 - When I met Ahmed* I had a feeling that he was a very nice person who is always friendly and open for discussion.  But after a few minutes of conversation with him I realized he was not friendly, but an extraordinarily courageous and humble person.   

He comes from Afghanistan. When he was a child, he experienced first hand what it is like to be a refugee. He and his family fled to the neighbouring country because of the intense conflict situation. Being a refugee in a different country was very difficult for all of them and his father had to work very hard to support all five children. The situation for the whole family was very difficult because children weren´t allowed to go to school and there were hardly any secure jobs for refugees.

 “We decided to go back to Afghanistan because we couldn´t survive in the neighbouring country. There was no hope and my father couldn´t work...He couldn´t earn; he couldn´t support us. So we came back to Afghanistan."

After coming back to Afghanistan, Ahmed started attending school and English language classes. He had to work very hard to afford these classes, so he worked after school almost everyday as a shop assistant. He then studied at university and came into contact with JRS.

“JRS gave me space to grow and gain experience. They reached out to people in great need. I started to act as an adult person."

JRS helped Ahmed to enrol in an Indian University, where he decided to do a Master’s degree in Social Work so that he could help people. Though it is challenging for him to be there alone, he finds it very enriching. When he arrived and started with his studies, he saw life from a new perspective and developed an openness to different points of view.

“Social work is teaching me to be a just man. A just man is someone who does his best in the place he is meant to be. For me, my place is in Afghanistan."

Ahmed wants to help his people, and believes in education. It means life for him. When  asked about his dreams, he says, “I have the same dreams as the rest of my people – to have  peace in our country." 

*The name has  been changed to protect the person’s identity

Jana Berková/John Mezsia







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