When I was 8 years old we fled from Ukraine to The Netherlands.
After the fall of the wall chaos followed and my parents decided to flee.
The first seven years since we arrived in the Netherlands we moved from refugee camp to refugee camp.
In seven years I’ve lived in seven different camps. Making new friends only to soon after say goodbye again. I now notice that this has made me who I am today. It doesn’t matter where you go, the only thing you can be sure of is that you’ve got yourself to rely on.
You’re the root of your existence. Right now my girlfriend is pregnant and it’s a girl. This is very exciting, but I know for sure I want to pass on this life lesson. Trust yourself, be kind to yourself, and pass it on.
IAMLOVE by Aleksej Domanskiy
Translations: Aileen The
Photography and Text: Hester Baks
Loving yourself is not always that easy, but that’s were it all starts
” Love starts with yourself,
let us love ourselves so we can love others,
let’s spread love instead of fear,
together we can make this world a little better.”
I AM LOVE
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