Finally, a lively example from the youth forum: It comes from a young Moldovian, Dimitrij Grebenko. He came to me in Kiev several times and said he was afraid that he did not fit into this project. From what I had discussed, for example, with our section leader from Azerbaijan (Dr. Saadat Benanyarli, rapporteur for the European Assembly), he had not understood a word; he did not know all of the names that were mentioned in the discussion. He thought that maybe it was wrong to have chosen him.
Dimitrij comes from Moldova, a country which has plunged into great poverty, where a large part of the population is forced – often under terrible conditions – to earn their livelihood abroad. Women and mothers are among them. A whole generation was forced to grow up without parents. I knew that Dimitrij plays soccer with such children without parents, and acts as their counselor, their guide; I knew that he gives them a part of his time, a part of his life. And I told him, “No, that’s no mistake, you fit just right here!”
Here is his letter to us, after the conclusion of the seminar in Frankfurt, after his return to Moldova: “Hello dear ones, you, which have become so close to me. I would like to thank you again for the time which I shall never forget; for the emotions and impressions which have set themselves indelibly in my memory; for the great efforts to carry out this inspiring project; for the acquaintance, which, I believe, will have good results. I write this sincerely and honestly, from the bottom of my heart. Not many people get such an opportunity in their lives, so you cannot appreciate what you have done for us and personally for me. I would like to thank you not only with words, but also with deeds. Therefore, if I can do anything, can make me somehow useful, I am yours. Thanks once again. Until next time!!”