Victoria is a young woman like me
I started volunteering at Night Light Café in March because I had heard good things about the place and thought that I had the time and the surplus to do some volunteer work. On my second shift at the nightcafe, I met Victoria, a Nigerian woman. She is a young woman of my age, and she would prefer to sit at a table for herself. When I see her sitting alone and eating her toast, I remind myself of how I was like a child: one who did not fit in. We start talking and we meet each other again and again in the night cafe. She opens up more and I suggest we can meet for a cup of coffee during the day. Then we begin to send text message to each other and we meet to go for a walk, drink coffee and study people.
At first, I was a little nervous about whether we had anything in common, because we come from so different worlds, but after we have begun to hang out together, it seems to me that she is also just a young woman like me. We are talking about future dreams, death, everyday life, work and everything in between. Victoria has humor and we laugh very much. Some things are hard for her here in Denmark because she’s illegal immigrant. I help her for example when she goes to the dentist because it’s easier for me to call a dentist and explain Victoria’s situation; Most people want like to help.
Victoria has taught me a lot about the world she is in here in Denmark, but also about the culture she comes from in Nigeria. I think we work well together as friends because I do not judge her or make her a victim and I’m not trying to push her to something she’s not ready for. I see her as a regular woman, and when Victoria is in a country where she has only few friends and no family, one can feel lonely. I want to think that everyone knows the that feeling, so it’s good to have a friend you can count on.
Told by Kimmie Tiemroth, volunteer at Night Light Café and scriptwriter at The Danish Film School.
(Victoria is not the woman’s real name, but Kimmie is known with her name)