Meet TRAFIG Team Member Muhammad Mudassar Javed from SHARP Pakistan
Meet Muhammad Mudassar Javed, the director of TRAFIG partner SHARP-Pakistan. He has studied Social Anthropology and has worked for many years with refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, prisoners, women and children. In his work, he focuses on expanding the reach and impact of the capacity building work of the organization to achieve its vision of a strong and sustainable human rights friendly society. Find out more about his work and motivation:
Working with Refugees
My grandparents migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and I grew up listening to the real life stories of migration from my grandmother. I thought that it was a very terrifying and painful experience. So, I always had this drive and passion to facilitate and support the people who might have gone through the same situation. I started working with SHARP-Pakistan and instantly, I found myself at the right place where I was able to work closely with refugees. Working with refugees is a life changing experience, as it gives me the chance to witness and provide solutions of the real issues of humans who are forced to live against their will and outside of their native lands and homes. Personally, I do not even like the word “refugee” as I see them as fellow humans who became the victims of wars and tragedies. This can happen to anyone in their lives due to ever-changing political and current security situation in the world. Everyone has their own unique experiences and journeys and I as a Pakistani feel proud that we have been generously hosting and extraordinarily facilitating them in the last four decades.
Working with refugees offers an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of refugees, to celebrate their courage, and to reflect on small things we can all do together to make their lives and journeys more beautiful, significant and productive by providing them social, economic and emotional support.
By Muhammad Mudassar Javed, SHARP Pakistan