On Wednesday the 15th of February the workshop group Displacement and food went for a visit at one of the refugee centers in Antwerp. Their goal was to find out if food can bring refugees and locals together. On this trip we followed a group of students that wants to achieve this by inviting both refugees and local people for joint cooking sessions. In this way they can learn from each other but more importantly be amongst each other!’
To find out the answer to the title of this blog, the students started to have conversations with some of the refugees and this turned out to be very interesting. In a short amount of time, more people joined the conversation, and it turned out that not only women or girls were interested in their concept, but (young) men were enthusiastic as well. One of them was the Kurdish 35 year old Omed. His dream is to share his cooking skills and that from other refugees to all of Belgium and beyond, this by driving around in his own (refugee employed) food truck. He told us that he already arranged the use of a food truck for him and his friends to spread his love for food! The amount of work he has put in his dream was clearly visible in his passionate story. This was probably the most pleasant and unexpected find of this trip, because it confirms the thoughts of the students, it is inspiring to hear especially during the IDW project week.
To find out more about Omed, check his story in this video below: