Mohammad (not his real name) is an unaccompanied foreign minor. Having arrived in Belgium in the midst of the Covid period, this young Afghan quickly flourished. His reception centre in Overijse, his Brussels school and the Kraainem club form the three pillars of his integration programme.
Mohammad is 16. He arrived in Belgium in September 2020, after a 5-month journey from Afghanistan. In the midst of the Covid pandemic, his life has never seemed so peaceful and free: water flows from the tap when you turn it on; people talk with whomever they want and wear what they like, even colourful clothes with original designs. You eat when you are hungry and the words "bomb" and "war" appear much more often in history books than in local newspapers. After a brief stint in a French-speaking Fedasil reception centre, Mohammad was sent to Overijse, to a specialist centre for unaccompanied foreign minors. After just a few months he was already fluent in Dutch. This boy takes school very seriously and sees how lucky he is to be able to go there every day, right in the heart of Brussels. He dreams of setting up on his own in the electricity sector or in architecture, and will soon start a work-experience scheme.