Two years ago when we first met Nazar, he had just received his French residence permit for 10 years. After having escaped the conflicts in Sudan, Nazar lived in the emergency shelter of Ivry-Sur-Seine, managed by the association ‘Aurore’, in which an Ideas Box has been put in place and run by our team for the past three years. One afternoon, the 27 year old Sudanese was using one of the tablets provided by the Ideas Box to look up a soccer club near the city center for which he can sign up and start playing in September. He told us about how he left Darfur in 2014 and about how he wanted to learn French in order to continue his studies. Two years later, Nazar tells us about his day-to-day life in France and how the Ideas Box has facilitated his integration…
“I had started to live a life without dreaming of a real life and a successful future. All I ever thought of was working and sleeping.”
In Sudan, Nazar studied engineering. Originally from Darfur, he attended the University of Khartoum until 2010, when he was forced to stop his studies due to the situation of the country and the violence that unfolded between the militias supported by the government and the rebel movements. In 2014, trapped by the increasing number of manifestations, Nazar decided to escape to Libya, before taking a boat to Italy.
“I didn’t know anybody. All I had were my own fingerprints. I had no idea how to leave, and I had no money. Eventually, I found a group of people who were headed back to France; I left with them.”