‘ We have made friends and feel at home now’
SUDANESE SISTERS DESCRIBE NEW LIVES IN CITY
Dina and Aseel El Haj News Reporter TWO sisters who fled war- torn Sudan have spoken about their new life in Coventry.
Dina, aged 19, and 18- year- old Aseel El Haj arrived in Coventry last June after escaping the civil war, genocide and famine that is rife in Sudan.
They arrived in the city in June 2016, couldn’t speak a word of English and had no friends.
The sisters faced the challenges head on - and are studying to go to university.
Aseel said: “When we came here we couldn’t speak any English.
“If someone spoke to us, we couldn’t understand anything.
“We are getting used to it now.
“We like Coventry. We are studying in Leamington and living in Coventry.
“There are so many different people here.”
When the girls first arrived in Coventry, they had spent their school years working through the night sometimes to study, with little chance of going to university after.
However now they’ve settled in Coventry, they have a bright future ahead of them, and are exceptionally good at picking up the English language.
Aseel said: “When we came here we did enrol in college. We did short courses to get used to the language. “It is a bit different from Sudan to here. We didn’t use computers there so when we first moved here, it was really hard. “We had exams over there every three months, whereas here we just have assignments. “To study for the exams we would work through the night, and sometimes work from 11pm until 4am. “We’ve made a few friends on our course so we feel at home now.” The girls were studying hard in a country which was ridden with war. They lived several hours from the trouble, but it was never far from their minds. But they still worked hard to give themselves the best future. Dina said: “I want to do nursing. I like helping people and I want to go to university.” Aseel added: “First I wanted to be a nurse but now want to be a social worker because I had a lot of people that helped me have inspired me and I want to be like them. “A lot of bad things happened in Sudan but now I feel like now I can provide a future for myself.” The sisters have had help and support from the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre. They’ve been given the support to get on courses which can kick start their career. A lot of bad things happened in Sudan but now I feel like I can provide a future for myself. Assel El Haj