Feeling Lucky..

Feyza Papak
Posted September 30, 2020 from Turkey

Fadi was a 26-year-old university student when the conflict broke out in Syria. When he passed to the third grade, he had to leave the country with his family. They had a very dangerous journey, the situation become even more difficult for Fadi as he is responsible for his family. After one point of the journey, they had to walk a distance of more than 14 hours. His wife was pregnant and she had to walk too. When they arrived to Jordan, his wife's pain began and she was hospitalized. Unfortunately, Fadi's wife took her twin babies lifeless in her arms.

After these situations they settle in Za'atari Refugee Camp. And life starts again.

When Fadi was a university student, he learned origami from a professor at the school. After settling in the camp, he begins to teach origami to children in the camp. The more he sees the positive effects of origami on children, the more he embraces it.

Fadi believes that origami removes barriers and gives hope to children. His biggest dream is; one day to be able to teach origami not only to children living in Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, but also to children in other refugee camps around the world.

When I finished Fadi's story, I asked my students how they felt. They said they felt lucky.

We are all taught "to feel lucky". Looking at the bad and the ugly and then saying "yes I am in good shape, I must appreciate" is engraved in all of our souls.

Well, if we are parts of a whole, and if there are bad and ugly parts outside of us, looking at the whole and feeling lucky. I don't know, isn't it a bit silly?

Ps: You can check his story on this link

https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2017/4/58ede8b54/origami-helps-syrian...

 

This story was submitted in response to Peace and Security.

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Nini Mappo
Oct 01
Oct 01

Hello Feyza,
I like how you conclude your story, because many times, we only feel 'lucky' when we look down, as did your students. The problem is we look down and see a situation with which to compare with ours, but fail to see the person, or people, in the 'down situation'. I think if we truly saw the people, we might feel sad, and perhaps try to help. But yes, the culture of self comparison is two way detrimental in making us feel small or keeping us complacent/ feeling smug and important.
And then again, just as war make people appreciate peace, seeing suffering reminds us to be grateful where we have not suffered. So then again, it's a dilemma.
I love Fadi's spirit. He looks 'lucky' in his own way, with a smile and a purpose. That is wealth, too. But it is unfortunate that his dreams were shattered and he had to redirect his life and lose his children. Thank you for sharing their story, their journey is unfathomable:/

Feyza Papak
Oct 01
Oct 01

Hello Nini,
In every lesson I do, I see how delicate and shapeable our children, which are entrusted to us, are almost our small images in the mirror. The ideal of all of us is to transform the global negativities into good and better, but we cannot change the world at some point. Then at least we can look in the mirror with a smile.
I told my students that they are not only the future of this country, but the world, and that everything they will do and say from now on is very important and perhaps owing to them, no one will have to leave their homes and become refugees in the future.
It was the most emotional origami lesson i've ever made. They were almost crying. For sure i do not like to make them sad but, in the same time period, some other place in the world children are suffering. It's so hard to deal with this perspective. We have to make them realize the all parts of what is really going on in the world in their own way.
Despite all the difficulties, we must move forward and not stop doing the things we love.
Truely i have no idea how long i will be able to make origami because of parkinson. But while i still can i'd love to use it as much as possible. That's why i do not really care about sleeping and being tired. I do believe this is the right spirit we all have ho have.
This world is our home and we all are responsible from each other. If we can be able to truely have this point of view i do not think there are problems unsolvable.
Thank you again for your time to read and comment, very kind of you. I feel so lucky to coincide with you on here..