Scarf (Hijab)

This is the Hijab that we wore on our head to hide our hair.
This is the Hijab that we wore on our head to hide our hair.

This Hijab represent me as an Muslim, American Muslim. This Hijab also represent me what kind of family I am belong to. Before I came to this country I was in South Africa. I was born there and from I was living there from many years with my family. My families follow this religion from many years ago and we also follow this religion because they taught us. We didn't have many opportunities in South Africa, even we didn't had opportunities to follow our religion. Many people hated us, because we were Muslim and we used to wear Hijab and big long Hijab. They thought we hide our face because we doing something wrong. Especially, Indian Muslim they used to think we are terrorist. Since, we came to America we got more opportunities, about our religion, about our future. When I was in South Africa I used to think I have no future, but when I came here I started to realize I have my bright future, and I have my all freedom here. I can live here freely and I can follow my religion without any fear. To be an American to me is have more opportunities, and freedom to follow my own religion without anyone's judgement. 

Place(s): New York
Year: 2016

– Humera

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child