Interviewing Refugees – Interviewers’ stories

 

How is it to interview recent refugees? How do you feel when you film somebody’s struggle? How does working on this project, learning about the interview techniques and taking the interviews with refugees, affect our interviewers? Here is what they said.

 

 

 

From Paris, Christine Huynh, a second generation Chinese-Cambodian

 

Like many other second-generation Cambodian people, I knew very few about my family history as my parents barely talked about their previous lives in Cambodia, how they arrived in France and what was their life in France before my birth. It made me very sad when I realised that I nearly knew nothing about their lives or about their emotions. Since then, it has become a profound need for me to ask them questions.  Full story

From Bochum: Alpha O. Barry and his son Foulaba O.Barry

 

It was a pleasure to take part in the training together. Gradually we developed a sense of togetherness in the team, as you exchange and as you share personal experiences. During the training, I learned a lot about people from different cultures who were also socially committed and who stood up for other people. In addition, I also learned a lot about myself and at the end of the training I told myself: “You are not alone.” Full story

From Antwerp: Samer Jadallah

 

When I found another two refugees willing to do the interview, one of them asked me ” Will they hear us and help us?” and the other one ”Is it safe?” It is not about the trust between the interviewer and the interviewee, but about how the information which they give will be used by the local government or any other organization, and maybe cause trouble in the future. Full story