The most special object to our family in relation to migration is a present that my father got from a young child in a market in the Central African Republic.
But how did it get here and what does it represent?
In 2010 my father was on a trip to the C.A.R., the case was to make an agreement that foreign countries will help out them with various things (like buses). The situtation there was very dire in that time, there were constant religious frays in the country between the christians and the muslims, people were killed every day, constant famine and of course people were extremely poor.
Sadly this agreement never came to be, because a few years later there was a political putsch, the christians overthrew the muslim leadership. The situtation grew even more terrible,
bloody wars constantly, in some cases cannibalism was also present. Things have gotten better over time but the situtation is still very unstable.
This object represents the struggle and the ultimate goal of people who live here. To migrate, to gather enough money so they can leave this country and go somewhere else where life is easier, where children are not forced to spend their days at a market to hopefully sell their work for tourists. Who would want to live in a country where people are constantly killed? This individual child was lucky that my father helped him but he was just one out of thousands of people there.
While there were multile things that my father brought back, this is the most meaningful one because this one is clearly hand made and not specificly made for tourists. While you can’t really see it from the picture, it is just a piece of a dirty cardboard. Even after 6 years it is still placed on top of our drawer. (Fuszéder Adrián)