Drømmen om et æbletræ
Yasna Rahman var meget betaget over de mange frivillige ildsjæle, der hver dag mødes om forskellige aktiviteter i Frivilligcenteret. Foto: Brian Poulsen
på besøg i rødovre Har du nogensinde tænkt over, hvordan dit liv ville se ud, hvis du så det udefra? Yasna Rahman, en ung kvinde fra Bangladesh, beskriver her, hvordan hun oplevede livet i Rødovre, da hun sammen med resten af en delegation fra Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke studerede det lokale demokrati og prøvede kræfter med især frivillighed, cykelløb uden hjelm og røde æbler.

I have never seen an apple tree before. But there it is, standing in the backyard with red and juicy apples in it. This is the first time I can have an apple that does not have a yellow sticker on it with “imported” written on it. Excited me, took my steps towards the tree and then the cabin crew was there with a smile. Yes, I have been sleeping. Rather I’d say I have been dreaming in my flight to Copenhagen about apples! Now you might ask what’s so exciting about apples?
It’s just that, being a south Asian country, Bangladesh is not the ideal place for apple trees to survive. Anyways, here comes the next part of this article, the reason for me to come to this city called Rødovre (pronouncing the name is very hard for my Bengali tongue but hey, I am still trying to get it right!) As ActionAid Denmark (MS) is hosting 10 young people from 5 different countries for On Track of the community project. As I am writing this as a participant of ‘NOF’ of the selected 10 people, I am on my way to Ærø on a ferry with my team. 5 of us, covering the south parts of Denmark with our project manager, are trying to explore different cities to understand the local community perspec-
tives. I’m coming from the city named Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh and I am experiencing mind boggling subjects here. Spea- king of which, I cannot help but notice Danish people are scared of crossing the roads and sitting in the cars without seat belts. Whether in Dhaka, you simply just put up one hand and start walking in red or green lights! Specially I was fumbling with the seat belts in the backseat as we didn’t need it in Dhaka. Amazingly,
both Danish and Bangladeshi people love bicycles! I was wondering whether I could ride one here… crossing my fingers for a chance. But ironically I found out that Danes are scared of accidents by car but they are bicycling without a helmet!
… Isn’t cycling more risky as you are out in the open? Well, what I can see in the towns and cities I just crossed, danish people have this certain approach to life, that actually surprises me. As europeans do, they love to plan activities. People prefer dogs or cats than human beings here. As I visited a community home in Rødovre, people over 60 years of age comes there to socialize over snacks. I wonder, would that ever be possible in Bangladesh? Our families are always surrounded by grandparents, uncle – aunties, siblings or cousins, nephew and nieces that sometimes we forget how lonely a person can be. I felt sad, felt the loneliness of a person who is in her/ his last stage of life but still has no one to pass on his great wisdom and experience of life. Resident of the great danish initiative of accepting the refugees also strikes my heart. I kept thinking of the crisis and how this welfare state system is handling the situation. Denmark itself is a beautiful country and it offers so much to its citizens. Having the right to live the way you want is what everyone dreams of. But only a few gets lucky. For example I feel that the danish women are lucky that they can ride bicycle anywhere and everywhere in Denmark. But I cannot do that in Dhaka, yet. I
have been riding a bicycle for a long time but only
inside the complex premises where we lived in. Women riding a bicycle is still very rare scenario in Dhaka city but hopefully the number will increase in coming days.
Education plays a vital role in both Bangladesh and Denmark. Best part of paying tax brings the danes good and free educa-
tion, like my country. This young danish generation is open, free and in solidarity with global issues. Also they can be fun to hang around (you bet!).
Coming from 37 degrees of humidity and heat, it was cold for me. But my host family and danish people I met was warm and welcoming. As I finish this journey and my article, I have eaten cute red apples from the tree picked by my own hands!

Delegationen fra Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke foreviger en tur i Cafébibliotekets cykler.

Delegationen fra Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke foreviger en tur i Cafébibliotekets cykler.

Yasna Rahman

Yasna Rahman


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