Lua (11) and Nandini (11) are sisters. Normal, in fact. They organized themselves. Three years ago they met and became friends. They both lived in an asylum center. They played and danced after school. Lua had no mother anymore and Nandini had no father anymore. At least, Lua’s biological Venezolan mother left the family while Lua was still a baby. Nandini’s biological Indian father had divorced her mother already years ago. Let’s match them, they said to each other. They came up with a plan, their father and mother should drink a lot of tea together. Of course that is possible, since you are only allowed to work a couple of hours each day and the rest of the time you have to organize yourself. So they did. Luis (39) and Sandhy (32) drunk tea. They had breakfast together, they filled in documents and they cooked together. At those times Lua and Nandini went to play outside. Sometimes they called each other sisters, in fact they whispered it. because they didn’t know if their plan would work.
After two months they told their parents their plan. ‘’No’’, said Luis. But in fact, it had happened already. ‘’If you find the right person you fall in love quickly’’, he said. Sandhya never knew there could exist men like Luis.’’In India it is not easy to find a man who loves my daughter. He makes me forget my bad times’’.
It was quite stressy how things would end up. Nandini and her mother already had one, but could Lua and her father get a residence permit? ‘’We prayed to all gods it would work out.’’ and when that happened they got married last summer in an Indian tempel in Amsterdam.
The plan worked. Lua and Nandini have a home again, a garden, a father and a pregnant mother. They are sisters. Normal, in fact.
I like to create stories about the resilience of children. Two years ago I met the girls in an asylum center in my hometown and I followed them for almost two years.