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Jan Willem – Recognition at the Table

On the intranet of Vluchtelingenwerk (Refugee work), where I work as a volunteer, I came across an announcement from Eet Mee for the project ‘Taal Aan Tafel’ (a project set up to enable people to practice speaking Dutch).

I immediately decided to sign up for this wonderful initiative.

Not only do I find it interesting to come into contact with people from all kinds of cultures, but it is also nice to be able to do something for people who, for example, want to practice Dutch. From an early age I was taught what it means for a person to have to flee their home and country.

I was born at the end of the Second World War, in Oosterbeek. When I was less than 3 weeks old, my parents and I were evacuated, due to Operation Market Garden, that would soon turn our living environment into a battlefield.

Recently I had my first video dinner with a lady from Syria and her daughter. It was so much fun that we will do it again in the near future. I have invited her and her partner to come and eat asparagus with us at our home. We live right across from an asparagus field, so you can’t get them any fresher than that. I’m really looking forward to meeting each other in real life now.

Meeting people is the most beautiful and most important thing in a person’s life. It ensures that people do not have to feel alone.