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There are so many stereotypes for foreigners, especially young men and women, but beneath all the prejudices, every human being shares similar struggles as with those with whom they are similar in the quality of being a soul living in flesh and bones.
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He is young, maybe late twenty or beginning of thirty. He looks quite friendly, has a good figure.

As we walk past a hotel at Zürich city center, he tells, he has worked there, rather long ago. He had just a single suit and one white shirt, so every night he would wash his shirt for the next day.

When he tells that there was a girl from Russia working alongside him at the time, you hear behind his voice that he still wishes for more. But the very young girl, has married the very old hotel owner and some following years, he died and now she’s the owner of the hotel.

I doubt he would one day gain the courage to propose to this woman but if it happens I would love to eternize their story in a film. I guess that she was interested in him too.

He was 15 when he first arrived in Europe, more precisely, Berlin. He met a distance family member, got some money from her for a train ride to Zürich and he’s still here. When you talk to him, he tells you, he wishes to go back to his home country and have his own business but life has not been so easy for him.

His father was a hardcore drinker as he left home. When he talks about this, you know that he understands, how life devastating such addictions could be.

He is a Muslim, and he drinks. He drinks more than you can say it’s normal. I wish that he won’t end the same point as his father but it’s now too soon for him to see where he’s going. He has far more problems that there’s no time for him to think if he’s drinking more than average people or just about average.

How could he live here? Surly, Swiss people don’t like someone like him living here but he has found his solution, even though I may not call it a solution. There’s a quite old woman with his dog, south Switzerland. He can go and sleep with her for some nights every once in a while and claim to the immigration office that she’s his wife. It’s more complicated than what you’re reading here, for example, the police have become suspicious of him but till now it has worked out for him.

Why can’t he go back? Maybe, maybe one day. But now he wants to still send money to his family. He is the oldest son and thanks to the money he’s sent, now all his family has a good life. He even pays the university costs of his sister. I wonder if they know about how he makes money, the troubles he’s bearing to earn that money, but I don’t think it would be a good question to ask. It’s an admirable commitment by him to his family, but perhaps there’s no one in Switzerland who would give him a prize for that.

I keep thinking if we are not wealthy enough to provide him with a suitable job? If there are not enough tasks in this country, so he might be paid in an ordinary fashion for doing something really valuable for the society he lives in and has lived for lots of years. I wonder why lots of businesses here ask people like him to do nonsense jobs, for being paid and having a residence permit …

In the end, I’m sure about one thing: I’m sure that there are enough women in this country, so one may marry him. One, whom he deserves and she deserves him. His life may not be at a good point right now but at least, you can be sure that he takes his responsibility about the people he loves very seriously, so seriously that he’s slowly destroying himself on the path of enabling his family a good life.

Acknowledgement

Thanks to the young man that this text is based on a friendly conversation with him.

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  • Published: Sunday, August 11, 2019

Credits

  • Author: Scrappy Nobody

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