Fátima was born in the Portuguese city of Caldas da Rainha, just an hour drive from the country’s capital Lisbon – where she lived for most of her life. Now in her late twenties, the nursing graduate has been in London since 2015. But it was in Greece where Fátima took her nursing skills to the next level.
When Europe’s refugee crisis began, Fátima travelled to Greece to help refugees in need of medical support. Fátima’s first stop was the refugee camp in Elliniko, Athens – where she ended up staying.
While in Greece, Fátima also worked with Fair Planet, an humanitarian organisation providing emergency assistance to refugees and other vulnerable people.
“How good it is to find that they [refugees] are not different from me, from you, from my mother, from anyone. They are not different. And all the things that you hear are all a lie, and that’s so overwhelming.”
Fátima describes herself as a “citizen of the world”, as someone who would be able to live in many different places. But, in the future, Fátima wants to settle somewhere in Africa – where she hopes to use her skills to support local community.
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