What moves the Afghan diaspora in Austria. Guest: Masomah Regl, founder of FIVESTONES, Graz. Moderator: Xaver Forthuber
Interview (in German)
Picture: Masomah at the ORF 1 Radio Studio
When the Graz integration consultant and trained interpreter Masomah Regl thinks about the situation in Afghanistan, her thoughts are guided by solidarity with civil society. And not just since the Taliban’s recent takeover of power, which has already largely disappeared from European headlines. Masomah Regl was born in Kabul, adopted in Austria as a child, grew up in Upper Austria and studied in Styria.
In 2018 she founded the “FIVESTONES” platform there, which aims to support the integration of immigrants, promote multicultural communication and bring together the resources and potential of all people in society. She is not alone with these concerns. The Afghan diaspora in Austria – and throughout Europe – is a particularly well-connected and committed community, with initiatives ranging from culture and education to tireless media work to counteract prejudice and discrimination.
At the same time, people like Masomah Regl fight to ensure that the situation in their country of origin, where they still have relatives, is not forgotten. She herself knows growing up in poverty, as an orphan without a man in the family, as she once said in a newspaper interview. At present, women in Afghanistan in particular are once again suffering particular repression.
Masomah Regl talks to Xaver Forthuber and you about the situation of Afghans in Afghanistan and in Europe. The editors look forward to your calls during the show on 0800 22 69 79 or via email to punkteins(at)orf.at.
Today’s program punkt.eins on Radio Oe1 had “Afghanistan” as its topic. The conversation with Xaver Forthuber can be listened to on Oe1 for 7 days. Or here – if u are to late!
FIVESTONES members Hossein Zakeri and Masomah Regl gave an interview for an ORF report today. In it, Hossein explained the idea, the basic idea of FIVESTONES, and his reasons for volunteering wonderfully.
ORF Report – When?
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Graz. What a livable city. It was such a wonderful festival. I was able to get to know many lovely and dedicated people. The slogan is something of the right thing: Graz comes together – a festival for everyone. So many great projects were presented, unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to talk to every representative of the clubs. But, as I walked down Diversity Street, I could feel the spirit and dedication of the projects and programs. The music and organization was just great. THANK YOU Graz, thank you to all the clubs, thank you to all the people who help and thank you for making the festival even more beautiful for everyone.
I would especially like to thank dear Gunda Bachan and her dragon team. They built a beautiful kite with many lovely little details for the Fivestones association and presented it to us at our presentation. We are overwhelmed, very happy and this dragon will find a place of honor in the new FIVESTONES center (soon to open the center in Babenbergerstrasse, Graz – follow Fivestones on Facebook for more!).
Graz is diversity, Graz is worth living in, Graz is great.
I am proud to belong to such a beautiful and humane community.
As an association, we feel deeply ashamed that we could not evacuate our dear friends and co-workers in Kabul. Words cannot describe how sorry we are. You were the young people who gave hope to a whole generation in Afghanistan. With your dedication, your solidarity with others, your endless energy you were role models and to many – heroes. You fought with all you had against religious fanatism, against discrimination and war. And you peacefully and creatively fought for your own future in freedom and peace. You deserve to live in a supportive and secure environment. Instead, you are trapped in a country that betrayed you, in a terrorist regime that forbids you to spread your wings and fly. We all believed that even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference in a person’s life. Now we are harshly shown that we are too small to help you get out from the terror regime. You deserve so much better. We will never stop trying to support you the best way possible.
FIVESTONES founder Masomah Regl & Co-founder Franz Pfuisi Franz
Office programs, e-mails, Internet research – almost every job requires digital skills. That’s why Fivestones offers a PC course – from Afghans to Afghan. The beginner course starts next Tuesday, August 6th and there are still free places!
Look at these gorgeous shirts of a fantastic football team put together by Kabul Equal and Fivestones. The boys are more than ready for a great football tournament that is about to happen in Kabul, Afghanistan! More teamwork, less war —> a beautiful message in action!