Nilab, Farishta and Marina | International Organization for Migration

Nilab, Farishta and Marina






Nilab, Farishta and Marina, 13, 9 and 7 years old respectively, are three sisters who, for the last five months live at the open accommodation centre of Oinofyta, together with their family. The sisters recently enrolled to school, in the context of the educational programme for refugee and migrant children staying in Greece.

“I look forward to go to school, I want to learn how to speak Greek”, says Nilab, the oldest of the three girls. “I have attended school in Afghanistan for a few years and today I will start at the secondary school, while my sisters will attend the elementary school. I’m a little sad that we won’t be together but at the same time, I’m excited I will be in the classroom again, it’s a long-awaited day for me”.

Their dad is constantly on their side, just like many other parents, proudly watching the preparations for the first day to the Greek school. “We came from Afghanistan to Greece more than a year ago. We spent 10 months at the hot spot of Moria, on the island of Lesbos and five months ago we were transferred here, at Oinofyta. It’s a big day for us today, their mother and I are really happy that our daughters will go to school. We’ve been in Greece for a long time now and the girls have not attended school so far. Being pupils is going to be very good for them, they will learn many useful things. After all, it is crucial for the children to attend the educational system of the country where they live.