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The Power of Gift Exchange: flowers, biscuits and food under lock down

posted on 2022-10-24, 12:53 authored by Carlos Ibarra-RivadeneiraCarlos Ibarra-Rivadeneira

Elena is an asylum seeker living in Wales for a year now. She told me that being enclosed all year long took a hard toll on her mental health. But her mood began to change when she started a lovely gift exchange with local neighbours. She said “What a difference a flower, a cookie, a plant pot and a card make to our lives” a deep reflection. It shows you can choose to change your attitude and your vision and then you will change your life. 


This material is part of the Covid Chronicles from the Margins project, funded by The Open University and the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague. The project aims to highlight the impact of the pandemic on refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. 

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