The group “Youth and Politics” prepared an interview with Rabia Naseer. She is a sixteen-year-old Austrian girl who moved from Pakistan to Austria when she was three years old. She is passionate about photography and philosophy. These are her favorite things because they are very deep and do not allow superficial things. Her favorite philosopher is Schopenhauer, she describes him as a very grim man. She really likes questions she has not been asked before and which she has to think about.

Rabia, I heard you really like photography and I wondered what your favourite place to take photographs is?

Rabia: Well, actually I don’t really have a favourite place to take photos, but I like taking photos of cities and pictures people could imagine themselves in.

So, you nd it very important that people can nd themselves in things. What kind of pictures do you recognize yourself in?

Rabia: I’ve never really thought of that before. But I’d really like to see myself in some kind of big city, a metropolis or something of the sort. I once made photos of Paris, I’ve been there once, and the graffiti was quite impressive.

Your name is not native Austrian, so I guess you were born somewhere else, did you move? Did your parents move?  

Rabia: I was born in Pakistan, I moved here when I was three years old. And my dad had lived in Austria for twenty years already, because he worked in a sawmill. We moved here also because my mom wanted to live with him and we decided to come here.

So, your house changed, as you physically moved from Pakistan to Austria. Did home also change for you?

Rabia: To be honest, I don’t have a lot of memories from Pakistan. I went there again in 2009 to visit my family. But I don’t really feel connected to them, nor to Pakistan for that matter. I prefer Austria, I love it here and it is my home. I wouldn’t want to move to another country permanently, ever. Maybe to work somewhere for a few years but returning here would always be nice.

Do you think your parents still consider Pakistan home?

Rabia: My mother feels more connected to Pakistan than to Austria. She loves it way more than being here. She lives here because of us, because of her children. We get educated better and the living standards is better here.

Your parents got divorced, did that affect you as to where home was?

Rabia: My two older brothers don’t really have a connection to Pakistan either, even though they are older than I am and actually have memories of this ”home”. It was just home now, dad had gone and we lived with it. Actually, it was pretty nice. It was a new start. We didn’t have to return to a certain place. We still had a home but we didn’t have to return anywhere anymore that we had to force ourselves to.

Thank you for the interview!

Rabia: You’re welcome.