What Is Home?

What is HOME?

Come and listen to the stories of people who, for various reasons, came to Europe and the Czech Republic. You will find out whether they consider it their home here and what actually does “home” mean to them. You will hear their personal accounts of how difficult it is to leave home and which difficulties they had to face on the way.
June 12, 3.30 – 6.30 pm
SmetanaQ Gallery, Smetanovo nábřeží 334/4, Prague 1

Three stories will be presented – a story of Suzan Fakia who fled war-torn Syria, Svitlana Porche who came in 90s from Ukraine, and Alexandr Suchý from Sydney who came to explore his family roots. In the panel discussion, the journalist Markéta Kutilová and Jan Schroth from IOM will comment to the topic. You, the audience, will have the opportunity to ask various questions concerning migration and refugees.

The presentations and discussion will be interpreted into English (and Czech). Interpretation headphones will be available. The event is accessible to broad public after prior registration at https://goo.gl/forms/Dsnnasxiqai9brpl2 .


15:30 – 16:45 Syrian, Ukrainian and Australian: Where is my home? 

16.45 – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 18.30 Panel discussion: Why people change their home and what are the consequences  

18.30 – 19.30 Non-formal discussion and refreshments by Ethnocathering

Suzan Fakia
is a young Syrian who fled war in 2015 together with her family and came to Europe through the so called Balkan route. Now she lives in Austria and works for Caritas Austria as a translator.

Svitlana Porche came to the Czech Republic in 1998 only to visit her fiancé who was working here, but eventually she decided to stay. Currently she works as the Head of Migration Office in Caritas of the Archdiocese of Prague.

Alexandr Suchý grew up in Sydney and in 2013 he decided to visit the Czech Republic and explore his Czech roots. Since 2016, he has lived in the Czech Republic permanently and currently works for the international NGO The Humane League.

Markéta Kutilová is a journalist and former humanitarian worker. She’s the founder of People in Need´s mission in DC Kongo. She regularly visits areas of North Syria and Iraq. Amongst other things, she documents the war against the so-called Islamic State and migration to Europe.

Jan Schroth is a project manager in the intergovernmental Organization for Migration (IOM). In the past, he’s worked also for Czech Press Agency, People In Need or UNHCR in Yemen.

The panel discussion will be hosted by Tomáš Jungwirth, a policy officer of Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations.

This event is part of the project “MIND – Migration. Interconnectedness. Development.” This project has received funding from the European Union Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) Programme.