An Open-minded Kindergarden

Integration as seen in one of the pre-school groups: how to make adaptation of special children most effective?

Integration for Adults

Free integration course for adult refugees and forced migrants in Civic Assistance Committee.

The Syrian Children of Noginsk

I find myself in the small town of Noginsk, a mere 50 kilometres from the Moscow centre. I had travelled an hour and a half to the east of Moscow on the suburban trains. I walk for a 10 minutes down the small streets of Noginsk from the old railway station till I find what I was searching for: 66 Sovyetskaya Street. On this address is a wooden house with a baby blue façade and white wooden carvings of suns in the window sills.

Francis Mazebo Story

Many people in Moscow already know Francis, a refugee from Congo; in 2013 he was severely assaulted by Nazis which was covered by a lot of media. Now he has a stich from a knife cut across his stomach. Later Francis became one of the characters for a “B&W” photo project of Aleksey Sorin. But none of this changed the distressful situation – the Congolese is still living in shelters.

Mgabu’s Diaries

Civic Assistance Committee has been helping Mgabu for several years now. In 2014 he was doing therapy with a psychologist and decided to write down a short story of his life. We are publishing this text by the author’s permission. Unfortunately Mgabu never got asylum in Russia but his situation is a bit better now; thanks to the Committee’s efforts Mgabu was given a hope to move to another country.

‘If I let you escape then I’m a son of a bitch’

On Thursday 14 July Omar Bashir Haim Adan of Darfur left Russia. His whole life he has done one thing: helping others. But in Sudan he was persecuted and tortured for doing this and in the end he had to flee. For four years Russia did not accept Omar, and it is only now he has found safety – thanks to Civic Assistance, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration.

African Migrants in Russia Describe “Hell on Earth”

First they spat angry words at Remy Bazie. Then they struck him in the face with an iron bar, knocking him unconscious.
The men who jumped the Ivory Coast migrant at a crowded Moscow train station last November did not rob him. But they damaged his jaw to the degree that doctors had to install a metal plate to hold it in place. It took Bazie four months to raise the $3, 600 to undergo surgery.

Beaten Up, Expelled, Reinstated. The Story of Boris Desten Missamu

In May 2010, Boris Desten Missamu’s fellow student beat him up, and afterwards Desten was expelled from the university “for improper behavior”. Thanks to the Civic Assistance Committee, the student was reinstated and earned the degree of bachelor – although in Voronezh.