22 Jan

‘Expat meets refugee’ storytelling evening

Het Haags Verhaal will organise a special ‘Expat meets refugee’ storytelling evening at the Church of Our Saviour on Wednesday, 22 January. The English-language programme will look at the journey people with different backgrounds have made to The Hague and how they are building their lives here.

During the first half of the evening, Executive Director of ACCESS Deborah Valentine will be interviewed about her life story. Nobody understands better than Deborah the impact of moving abroad; she has lived and worked in 11 countries. She now makes her home in The Hague. She will tell us about the expat life in our city, in part based on her work with ACCESS, a volunteer organisation committed to helping internationals settle in The Hague.

The second half of the evening will feature the life story of Sahar Hossini, who would like to feel like this is home but her life is still in limbo. She came to the Netherlands from Iran when she was 16 years old and – 10 years further – she still does not have a residence permit. Here she was given opportunities not afforded to girls in Iran: she was able to study. But she is not allowed to work. As a volunteer at the Humanity House and Dutch Council for Refugees she helps other refugees settle here. She tells us about her life and the lives of other refugees.

About Het Haags Verhaal

Het Haags Verhaal organises special encounters so that people can get to know each other better. The photography and life story project is currently touring around the city like a travelling storytelling circus.

More info

Het Haags Verhaal evening takes place from 18.00 to 21.00 hrs. on Wednesday, 22 January at the Church of Our Saviour (Helenastraat 8) in The Hague.

There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations will be collected at the end of the evening. Soup and beverages will be served. Registration is required. A maximum of 70 people may attend (full = full).

More information about Het Haags Verhaal can be found at www.haagsverhaal.nl