"Refugees Super Stars : On helping others and ourselves" public reading in Madrid
For the first time ever I read this text in Spanish as it got not only edited but also fantastically translated by Leticia Municio Pardo who is also a writer.
Present were the members of La Escuela de Cuentacuentos, who get together and develop short stories to read out in public, as well as the people of Reacción 28 and Madrid for Refugees who all helped organize the event.
The event was a great success as all tickets got sold out, and most of all I presented myself with a personal challenge of reading out in Spanish for the first time ever. The words I wrote were mine, the words translated to spanish were not, but I l relied on tone (and my half broken voice) to give it the story-telling degree it needed to let the words speak from my heart. Seeing people's attention as well as empathic eyes as I told the story of my torn shirt as well as the story of some of the refugees - I felt the message had gone through, and as a story teller that is the best compliment you can receive.
The text will be published online very soon and special thoughts are sent to all the volunteers I met along the way who shared with me their motives, stories and open hearts as well as those who shared with me their experience crossing over to Europe, like Ramy and Omar. This is for all of you !
Event : https://www.facebook.com/events/1002691269907629/