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From kid to kid

Lara's children, a mother in Lecco, talk about their friendship with Salim, an Eritrean little girl.

From kid to kid

We met Salim at school for the first time, she doesn’t speak Italian but she only speaks tigrino, like her mom.

At the beginning, she was always on her own, feeling uneasy, and sometimes she used to cry.
Now, things are getting better: with the help of some acquaintances, we managed to bring a lady to school who speaks tigrino. As soon as she heard that lady speaking her own language, Salim made a smile with a special glow.
Since a few weeks there’s also a cultural mediator who helps us when it’s too hard to communicate with her. We meet Salim more and more often: in the morning, we’re always in a hurry to pick her up at her place, and we have a great time trying to teach her some Italian words on our way to school.
Also at school Salim is having fun and she’s making a lot of friends, she especially likes to play “hide and seek”, she now knows how to count numbers in Italian and she knows some words.
Sometimes she comes at our place; we start to play “hide and seek” and we never stop. We also tried playing Legos or do puzzles but “hide and seeks” it’s always the best!
We like to teach her the things we know and we like to pick her up at her place, because it’s not a typical house, but it’s a hotel and there’s always people who smile and say hi to us. We can often see little group of people speaking different languages from ours or women braiding each other’s hair. The kids (not many) sometimes are in the corridors playing all together and the youngest ones follow Salim curiously guessing where she’s going with us. We would love to stop and stay we them sometimes.

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