On International day we have something that we call ‘human library’. In the human library there are people that are either telling their story, experiences, or something related to the theme of the day. Meanwhile these people are talking, we students are allowed to drop in or out of these so called ‘presentations’. The presentations aren’t really that long, they can last from 15 to 20 minutes each. And when the presentation is done, you leave and then find another person to listen to. It doesn’t matter if the person has already begun talking when you get there, because you are still very welcome to listen to the rest of it. You could also wait for the person to finish, or just try to find another person in the meantime.
The presentation i remember the most, was from a guy. I don’t really remember what his name was, where he came from and why he came to Norway in the first place. I think the reason why he fled was because of some kind of conflict or war in the area he lived in, and left to find somewhere safe and secure. I remember him telling us at the beginning of the presentation that he wanted to apologize beforehand, because his english was not the greatest. But i thought it was very understandable.
He had been living in norway for a while and he had even started his own business. His little business is at the mall Moa, in Ålesund. He told us a lot about how it turned out successful and how people came by his store and bought things. But something he didn’t quite understand happened often in his store. Often the guardians at the mall would walk in and check. You probably think that is normal, two guardians checking that everything is alright. But there wasn’t only two but probably twelve guardians checking the store. They could do this for hours. Customers would then get a negative vibe from the place, thinking that the owner did something wrong and then stop shopping there. The man that owned the place, didn’t quite understand why they needed twelve guardians to check the store. Only two or one guardian checked the other stores, meanwhile twelve of them checked his. He didn’t do anything wrong did he? The only thing he did was to open a store and sell different things. He didn’t want any trouble with them and never complained about it. Because he was happy that he and his family was safe from all the conflict. But he just wanted to know what made him so untrustworthy and sketchy to the other norwegians.