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Sabah Moradi doing dishes in the shared kitchen in the asylum center. Photo: Hala

Sabah Moradi: “Asylum life has taught me to take care of myself”

“I learned how to take care of myself. Now I can cook, use the dishwasher, do the laundry and do many other things that my mom was doing for me in my homeland,” Sabah Moradi from Iraq says.

By: Hala

It is Sunday afternoon in the asylum center. It is around 1:00 pm. There are a lot of persons in the center. Some of them are preparing food and the smell of a roasted chicken spreads from the oven. Some people are speaking together in the corridor.  The rest of them are in their rooms. Some are maybe still asleep because of the holiday.

Sabah Moradi is the 19-year-old guy, who has agreed to meet New Times for an interview about the work he does in the center. He is sitting in his room and watching movie – which is his favorite hobby. Sabah Moradi is from Iraq. He came alone to Denmark and has been here for about one year.

Cooking, cleaning and doing laundry in his daily life
He explains to me how he spends his time in the asylum center.  

“I wake up 8:00 am. I drink cup of coffee and go to school”, Sabah Moradi says. “I prepare food and then I eat lunch. After that I go to the reception office in my center. I practice my Danish language there as a translator. Sometimes I do laundry, when I have to do that”, Sabah Moradi says and continues: “I fill most of my time just sitting in my room and watching movies and dramas. Sometimes I also like to go hiking,” he says. 

Sabah watching Youtube videos in his room in the center. Photo: Hala.
Sabah watching Youtube videos in his room in the center. Photo: Hala.

No household chores in his previous life
He speaks about the differences between his life here in Denmark and his old one in Iraq.

‘When I was in my homeland, I didn’t do any of the household chores. My mom was doing everything. But here, it is a different case. I do everything by myself. I think it’s very hard sometimes, but I like it, because it makes me able to take care of myself”, Sabah says and continues: “It makes me very happy that I now can cook all varieties of food”.

His dream is going to university
If I get asylum in Denmark, I want to go to university and become a translator” Sabah Moradi says. 

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