Karimova Antonina Aleksandrovna (60) and Karimov Goumer Islamovich (68) are writers. They met in 2003 at the Union of Writers of Pavlovsk, Leningrad region. Goumer Islamovich had been the founder of the union, and at that time his future wife was an unfledged writer. - “I thought at that time that by my age I was through with my love life that is why I allowed my daughter to choose if Goumer was a good party for me. My daughter has liked Goumer. Soon after we met she started calling him “Dad”. We have not had any expectations from each other, and maybe that is the secret of our warm relations”, says Antonina Aleksandrovna.

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Mohammed came to Denmark 20 years ago. He left Iraq with his elder brother after the first American invasion when he was only 8 years old.  Mohammed’s family didn’t have money to buy fake passports, so along with other refugees his family sailed across the Black Sea to reach Bulgaria. A border guard patrol stopped the ship and they had to swim to Bulgarian coast. There were not enough life jackets. Mohammed’s older brother gave him his life vest. “My brother sank. I reached the Bulgarian coast alone. I didn’t have any money or food. I ate grass as there was nothing else, and finally got sick. Refugees from Eritrea and Palestine found a doctor. We travelled together to Germany. After Germany I went to Denmark where I was stopped by immigration service. They took custody of me, which is why I stayed in Denmark. After three years the rest of my family also moved here.”
Mohammed and Reshan.