Umayya Abu-Hanna is a writer and columnist. Her first novel Nurinkurin was published in 2003, followed in 2007 by a book on identity, Sinut. She is currently working on her next book, to be published in 2012. In addition to her writing activities, Abu-Hanna was a Radio and TV-Journalist, and documentary maker. She was also the Cultural Diversity Advisor at the Finnish National Gallery’s Research Department (2005-2010), a member of the Arts Council of Finland (2004-2009), and chaired its first Multicultural Board (2009).
We do a lot of travelling and the minute we land at any European airport, I sigh with relief. I feel safe and at home. Europe is in fact a very successful project. But we are disillusioned because Europe is not a paradise, because being together is complicated, and because there’s always a fear for the future.