You can achieve everything in Ukraine !

Author : Maria Prokopenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Migrants from different countries shared their success stories at a World Refugee Day charity festival in Kyiv
16:20, 26 June 2016

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A thin trickle of coffee is pouring from exquisite dishes decorated with carvings. The drink is poured into bright small cups. Those wishing sit on low stools and taste coffee. All this happens during World Refugee Day festival held June 20 in Kyiv’s "Art Arsenal." The event was organized by the UN Agency for Refugees, volunteer initiatives and National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex "Art Arsenal."

People, who migrated to Ukraine, have presented their successful start-ups – barbershops, cafes, delicatessen products, martial arts, schools, and making clothes. Part of the profits from the fair of ethnic and handmade jewelry, ceramics and handmade accessories participants gave to support children from the IDPs families of Donbas. There was also a silent auction of art works of the refugees residing in Ukraine. Here were presented the works of artists from Syria, Afghanistan, Angola, Congo, Iran, and Iraq.

Yirhu Degen introduces coffee ceremony to Ukrainians. He is a native of Ethiopia, and he has been living in Ukraine since 1988. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and Yirhu’s business is connected with this product. His company is engaged in roasting and selling coffee.

“When preparing coffee, a person must be calm. During the ceremony, people speak slowly, - says Yirhu Degen. - Coffee is brewed three times. Coffee of the first brew is strong; it is called "abolina". During the second brewing, we add some water, and during the third one, we add some more coffee, and some more water. Drink after the third brew is weak, and even children can drink it." The ceremony lasts about an hour; it is accompanied with smoking rituals which aim to drive away the evil spirits.

"I have been living in Ukraine for almost 30 years, and I must admit that the country became more and more free, - said Yirhu Degen. - I do not mean freedom of speech, of course. You can freely find what you need here. In Ukraine, it is almost always possible if the person truly works. What is also very important, I can bring up my children safely. Well, Ukraine faces the economic problems. The ability to create a new business is complicated because there is no normal banking system. Everything else is getting better. Ukraine is a great country where you can achieve whatever you want if you are set for everything good.

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Besides refugees from other countries, festival of "Art Arsenal" has also involved Ukraine’s IDPs. Anatoly Osadchy, Olena Bilous, and Anna Zhulavska who in 2014 have moved from Donetsk to Kyiv, offered to test your force in a corn maze. Of course, you cannot bring the two hectares of the field to the festival, so the participants have joined the floor game, and the IDPs have told about their project. It was launched last year in August, they created it by their own.

Related: Visegrad Group called on the EU to help Ukraine in the settlement of the IDPs

"The corn mazes are extremely popular abroad - USA, Canada, and Europe. In Ukraine, we first who created this. We try to develop eco-tourism and agri-tourism, - says Olena Belous. – The most difficult thing for us was to comprehend that we should move on and let the situation go, because if you just sit and wait for the good time to return your home, you will never achieve anything here."

More than 7,000 refugees from other countries currently live in Ukraine. As a result of the conflict in Donbas and Crimean events, more than 1.8 million Ukrainian became internally displaced persons. 

Related: Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories: 800,000 people is actual number of IDPs in Ukraine

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