Nilofar from Afghanistan, Zena from Lebanon and Larysa from Ukraine. Three women who, through war, persecution, hunger and radical rule, left their country to live on – in a better and safer place. They found refuge in Poland, and now they say “enough” together, encouraging them to peace, love and hope for a better future. They are assisted by Martyna Wojciechowska.
She was the first female firefighter in Lebanon
Zena Chachine is one of the main protagonists of the program “Woman at the end of the world”. When a huge explosion happened in Beirut in 2020, Zena immediately went to help the injured. She was Lebanon’s first female firefighter and commander of the Women’s Division. Nearly two years have passed since those events, and the situation in the country has deteriorated so much that people are sometimes fighting over bread and cartons of milk. Zena came to Poland a few months ago and is currently looking for a job. In an interview with us, she tells us that she misses her loved ones, but is also full of hope for a better future.
My name is Zena and I am a 36 year old girl who has decided to start her life in Poland again. I made one of the most difficult decisions and left my country because of the difficult economic, political and social situation. Over the years I have helped others in NGOs and as a firefighter in volunteer fire training in Lebanon. Being away from your loved ones is not easy. But it also gives me the motivation to fight and take risks
– Zena tells us.
I met Nilofar from Afghanistan and Larisa from Ukraine, who also had to flee their country. I saw sadness in their eyes, combined with love, hope and peace. I always believe that people are not alone in this world. And I feel this support on all sides. Everything has its end. Also sadness and suffering
– adds Zena.
Zena was the first female firefighter in Lebanon and the commander of the Women’s Division
Photo: for Marta Wotal / Ofeminin
They were united by a cruel fate
Nilofar Ayoubi is a female activist from Afghanistan. Living in Kabul, she successfully ran several companies, taught women entrepreneurship, gave them jobs and also directly supported the most needy. Her whole life changed in one day. After the Taliban regained power, Nilofar was blacklisted for his efforts to defend women’s rights. In one day she packed all her belongings in two backpacks and came to Poland with her husband and three children. She had gone through hell to protect her family.
Larysa Machynia is a foster mother of 7 children and came to Poland from war-torn Irpien. They spent the first days after the war broke out in the house, then in the basement. In the end they had to flee. Larysa graduated in two fields of study and is also a psychologist by training. This helps her immensely in raising children who need special care. They often tell her that they got a second mother so that nothing bad can happen to them. Their house in Irpien has fallen into disrepair and they have nowhere to go back.
“Enough stereotypes, fear and intolerance”
Women are helped to start a new life by Martyna Wojciechowska. A traveler, activist and TV star, she has for years traveled to the farthest corners of the world in search of extraordinary heroines for her program “Woman at the End of the World”.
“I met many women along the way, had hundreds of conversations about what is important to us, what hurts us and what makes us happy. What we need. And what we want to tell the world. I want to say: Enough. Enough People divide in better and worse Enough stereotypes, fear and bigotry Enough said what’s right and what isn’t Enough silence And most of all, enough war Enough Now, more than ever, we need peace, love and hope for a better future. Such a message. we want to send into the world together “- says Martyna Wojciechowska, founder of the UNAWEZA Foundation, which helps unjust women.
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