Pour ne rien arranger, la famille d’Aman se trouve actuellement sans ressources. Suite à un accident de la route, son père n’a plus l’usage de ses jambes, et sa sœur ne peut plus travailler après l’école, car le lave-auto où elle travaillait a fermé suite à la crise sanitaire actuelle. L'épargne ne suffit plus pour payer le loyer, si bien que toute la famille est quotidiennement menacée d'expulsion. Enfin, un cousin d’Aman lui réclame avec insistance l’argent qu’il lui avait prêté pour partir en Europe, une majorité de cette somme ayant rempli les poches des passeurs.
Aujourd’hui, Aman vit dans une ferme près de Fontainebleau, où il travaille en échange du gîte et du couvert. C’est là que nous l’avons rencontré. Son engagement dans le travail, sa débrouillardise, et son humilité impressionnent. La force de vie demeure. Lorsqu’il nous raconte son parcours et sa situation, nous sommes ébahis par tant de courage et de force, mais aussi désemparés face à la violence et la souffrance qu’il a subies.
Nous avons conscience que la cagnotte ne changera pas la face du monde et que de nombreuses personnes partagent le sort d'Aman, mais l'amitié que nous lui portons nous pousse à l'aider.
L'argent collecté permettra de :
- rembourser la dette d'Aman et celle de sa famille
- assurer des conditions de vie décentes à Aman en attendant qu'il trouve un travail
- reverser 10% à l'association Scarabée Malakoff, qui aide Aman et d'autres personnes réfugiées et exilées.
Par ailleurs, Aman cherche des heures de travail en région parisienne (taxi, BTP, ménage, déménagement, travaux agricoles…). Si vous avez besoin ou connaissez quelqu’un qui cherche de la main d’œuvre et offre des conditions de travail dignes, contactez-nous.
Merci pour votre générosité !
‘In solidarity with Aman’ is an initiative born from the need to speak out about a situation that is more pertinent than ever and, above all, to help a friend overcome a period of great difficulty.
Aman is a young 26-year-old Pakistani. Working as a taxi driver, in 2017 he was kidnapped by the Taliban; he managed to escape before being enrolled as a soldier. From one moment to the next his life changed course as overnight he was forced to flee his country, leaving behind his home, his family, his friends and his career in the hope of a new future in France. It took Aman 3 years, walking more than 17 000km and crossing 14 countries, each time faced with borders and controls. Subjected to the ruthless system of people smugglers, he experienced hunger, thirst, cold, exhaustion, loneliness, fear and death including the untold pain of his best friend dying in his arms. Mere words are inadequate to describe the violence and horror Aman lived through.
After a perilous journey Aman finally arrived in France where he first lived in a tent out in the open, then in a refugee camp. Unfortunately, during his trek the Bulgarian police took his finger prints and he is now obliged to seek asylum in Bulgaria, a country whose politics and people are largely hostile towards refugees. This bureaucratic constraint is imposed by the Dublin Regulation.
Adding to this uncertainty is the precarious position of Aman’s family back in Pakistan who are barely surviving without any source of income. His father, the victim of a road accident has lost the use of both legs whilst his sister has lost her afterschool employment as the car wash where she worked closed due to Covid. Unable to pay rent, the family is threatened daily with eviction by the landlord. The cousin who lent the money for Aman’s journey to Europe, most of which lined the pockets of smugglers, is demanding repayment.
Today Aman lives on a farm on the outskirts of Paris, where he works in exchange for food and lodging. This is where we met him. From our first meeting we were struck by his resourcefulness, humility and strong work ethic. Despite his suffering his belief in humanity remains a powerful force. When he recounts his life story, we are moved by his courage, strength and resilience but also left feeling helpless in the face of the violence and suffering he has had to endure.
We are aware that there are many others who share Aman’s plight and that this fundraiser is but a small step. Yet as his friends we are propelled to help him.
The money raised will go towards:
- repaying Aman and his family’s debt
- ensuring a decent standard of living for Aman until he is able to work
- a 10% donation to the charity Scarabée Malakoff which helps Aman and other refugees
Aman is also looking for work in the Paris region (taxi, construction, cleaning, moving, farming…). If you need, or know anyone who is looking to hire and offering fair working conditions, then please contact us.