Art therapy helping migrants in Trinidad

Freudelys, 12, is a Venezuelan who has been in Trinidad for a few months

UNICEF
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UNICEF/2019/Regis

26 July 2019

Freudelys, 12, is a Venezuelan who has been in Trinidad for a few months. After a shaky start she’s adjusting to a new life. 

When I first came to Trinidad about six months ago it felt like a totally different world but I’m adapting more and more. I like the way some people treat me. Some are unkind, but most have welcomed me. I feel grateful to them. I like the environment too. And the food. Well, a little bit!  

I live with my mum and cousins and my aunt. We left me uncle.  I miss my family and friends and my school and Venezuelan food. Many things. It was hard getting here. I came on a boat to join my mum. I was crying on the journey. I thought I would never see my family or my friends again - the boat   was jumping and jumping. It was horrible. It felt like the end of the world. 

School is good as I get to meet people there because I don’t have many friends where I live. I spend most of my time with my cousin. My mum works a lot.    

I want to go back to Venezuela to fix things, but I also like being in Trinidad because I can learn a second language, which is important.