Die Geschichte veröffentlichen wir in der englischen Originalfassung.
On the summer of 2013 I participated in an exchange program called Techgirls. On this program nine countries from the Middle East and Africa participated and three girls from each country was chosen to go to the US. During the beginning of the program I was feeling homesick and alone, until I got to become friends with the girls participating on the program. In a short period of time they had become my family and by that time I had found out that you don’t belong to a certain place, but to the people within it. One of the girls I met there was a girl from Palestine named Nagham. She always wore a bracelet that had Palestine written on it, and she told me that whenever she felt homesick the bracelet made her feel close to home. On the last day of the program when we were all headed to the airport, emotions overcome me
and I didn’t know how to say goodbye to my new family. At these last moments of farewell Nagham came over to me and took off her bracelet, handing it to me. She told me that the bracelet always made her feel good and that it was my turn to have it. The bracelet has been with me ever since that day, journeying with me wherever I went. When I arrived in my country Yemen I always wore the bracelet, and it reminded me of the great friendships I made there and how easy it was to get used to a new place as long as you met the right people. Several years after that, I left Yemen to come pursue my education in Hungary and I took the bracelet with me again. This time it had a different meaning to it, or maybe just an added meaning. Not only did this bracelet represent Techgirls and the great time I had in the US, but it also represented Yemen, my family, my friends and every great memory I had there. Now I am in Hungary and I know that during my next journey I will still have this bracelet be the thing that will remind me of my memories here. (TA)