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6 months ago 615 likes 15 comments
(2/2) ''The drugs had given me a stroke and it partially paralyzed me. While I was in the hospital friends and family would still visit me but once I went into rehabilitation it became less and less. I was no longer the fun friend who could go out and party. I had become a burden. During my recovery I was so scared of being abandoned by friends and family that I forgot to focus on my own recovery.After one month in rehabilitation I went back home to live with boyfriend. Even though he was really supportive I felt really lonely. The situation was hard for him as well because he was working, going to school and taking care of me. After one year I was doing a bit better but our relationship was no longer working. I think too much had happened so we decided to split up. Until this day I am still friends with him and I am so thankful that he was there for me. From the moment I ended up in the hospital my life changed and for a long time, I was angry at myself. Over and over again I kept on thinking about how different my life could have been if I hadn’t taken the drugs. I lost a part of my health that night. I have also been angry at the people around me but I have learned to let go and forgive. I am not mad at anyone anymore and I try to be positive and to just focus on my relationship with myself. I am partially paralyzed and that it is something I am learning to accept. Instead of seeing my condition as a handicap I see it as my most important life lesson.'' Photo and story by @debrabarraud #amsterdam #humansofamsterdam
6 months ago 449 likes 7 comments
(1/2)''Two years ago, on New Years eve my entire life changed. I was 19, studying and I had just moved in with my boyfriend. Together with a group of close friends and my boyfriend we went to a party to celebrate the new year. Everyone was doing some kind of drugs that night but I planned to stay sober. However some people suggested to try 4fmp, a designer drug which is kind of known as a ''safe XTC''. I was convinced to try it. A few hours after I took the drugs I started to feel unwell. I was seeing black spots and I was no longer able to communicate properly. My boyfriend took me to the first aid post. When they realized I had used drugs they told me to go home and sleep. The next morning when I woke up I got out of bed and fainted. My boyfriend immediately called an ambulance and I was brought to the hospital. I don’t really remember much of what happened after that. When I woke up the next day I couldn’t feel the right side of my body anymore and when the doctor came in I realized something was terribly wrong.'' Photo and story by @debrabarraud #amsterdam #humansofamsterdam
5 months ago 1014 likes 19 comments
''My red hair was always something I felt insecure of. It was the reason I got bullied for years, it made me different from the other kids. When I went to high school I was able to start all over again but still I made sure stay unnoticed. At seventeen I got randomly approached by a photographer on the street. He said I had a lot of potential and asked if he could take some photos of me in his studio. I didn’t really understand why but I ended up going anyways. During the shoot it was the first time I was complimented for my red hair and white skin. Everything I had been so insecure of was now considered as beautiful. From that moment I got into modeling and it became my career. However I never wanted to give up on my studies and managed to combine my modeling career with my studies. It meant I had to work twice as hard to get to achieve both. I remember being in China for one month and flying back home for only one exam. I barely had time to study so I would be studying on the plane ride home. I finished 2 bachelors and 1 master degree which I'm really proud of. Sometimes it was hard and even lonely but I have always been motivated. I think it's because I was bullied I have that extra bit of motivation to prove them wrong.'' Photo and story by @debrabarraud #amsterdam #humansofamsterdam
3 months ago 599 likes 9 comments
2/2 ''My father is Dutch and my mother is from Suriname so I am a mix. In the past few years there have been a lot of debates about racism and many people are starting to speak out. For a long time, I wasn't sure how to act in these discussions. Still I somehow felt that I needed to define my role within this new movement so I started to research the concept what it means to be an activist. I interviewed many activists and feminists. I became more aware of racism and I got more guts to speak out. For a while I would stand up whenever I would hear someone say something racist or sexist. I noticed that some people around me would take distance because of that. I sometimes would even go against my own father and I would point out the fact that he is a white man. Soon I also realized that it doesn't work to drop little bombs everywhere I go. I realized I was losing nuance. I don't want to look at my father as a 'white man', but as a person I don't always agree with. I'm not only my skin colour either. Now I know that I can still be an activist and stand up for myself. I won't be silent anymore, but but I don't need to end up in a debate everywhere I go. Through my research I never really found an answer to what defines an activist but along the road I did find an activist within myself. '' Photo and story by @debrabarraud #Amsterdam #Humansofamsterdam
7 months ago 432 likes 5 comments
Thanks to all of you we raised 27.500 signatures for the petition within only 2 days. The petition will stay up so please tell your mother, father, grandparents, kids, friends and people in your community about Nadia and ask them to sign the petition as well. (See the link in my bio) Right now it is hard to tell what the exact impact will be but it raises worldwide awareness and pressure towards both the Indian and Dutch Authorities to actively participate in solving this case. We will not let Nadia’s story go silent. So far 27.500 people agree with us. The kidnap of Insiya has (again) made headlines and also got picked up by the Indian Media. Still we can use as much coverage as possible so if you work or know someone who works for a news outlet or blog anywhere in the world, please write or tag them. Also I have received many messages from people in India apologizing for what happened to Nadia and their government’s role. I would like you to know that there is no need to apologize. This an individual case and only those who committed a crime are responsible for it. We received the most heart warming, supportive and caring messages from Indian citizens and I am personally looking forward visiting your beautiful country one day. The past few days have been extremely hectic that’s is why we barely had time to monetize the comment section. 99 percent of the comments and messages have been extremely supportive of Nadia but unfortunately there is always that 1 percent. Please know that any racist comments towards a country, a religion or a people will be removed. That is not what we stand for in this community. If you signed the petition you will receive automatic updates by email but we will also keep you posted through here. We hope Nadia will be reunited with her daughter soon. Thank you all again. Together we can move mountains! #bringinsiyaback #humansofamsterdam
8 months ago 342 likes 3 comments
(2/3) "When I would use XTC I experienced a certain calmness and things made sense. I was addicted but still I managed to keep my job as an administrative assistant. By the time I turned 21 I realized something had to change. In the meantime, I got in touch with a cousin who I could talk with about my situation. We sometimes talked for hours and he would listen to me. He is a spiritual and peaceful soul and I saw how his attitude impacted people around him in a positive way. It was inspiring and appealing to me. During this period, my drug use decreased and slowly I started to feel a little better. I was working as an administrative assistant and during lunch time I would talk to colleagues in other job positions. Any change I had to ask them for advice I would use. Almost all of them told me to go back to school so I did. I decided to study and become a social worker. I wanted to become the person I so desperately needed when I was growing up with an addicted father. I was doing really well in school and ended up getting my bachelor degree in Pedagogy. Initially I did have to go and see a psychiatrist because my own past was preventing me from doing my job right. I needed to heal myself first in order to really help other people. Getting help from a professional led me to accept myself for who I am." Photo and story by @debrabarraud #amsterdam #humansofamsterdam
9 months ago 762 likes 63 comments
(7/7) While all of this happened I was on the high way. I made a U turn and I pressed my AWARE button but I got stuck in traffic and when I got home Insiya was already gone. Ever since that day my life has been a complete nightmare. In life sometimes you have a bad day but then you go to sleep and there is a new day waiting for you. For me this bad nightmare isn’t ending. For two weeks after the violent kidnap, I had no idea where Insiya was. Later we found out that he had traveled to Germany with her. From there he went to India. As far as I know she in Mumbai with her father who she barely knows. He has said that if I will go to India he will have me arrested. He is a wealthy and powerful man and he easily buys people off. He has hired one of the best lawyer of The Netherlands to defend him. I haven’t talked to my daughter since she has been kidnapped. Despite my countless efforts, he will not let me talk to my 2-year-old daughter. Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch government we are trying our utmost best to get Insiya back. Every day from morning until night I am working on this. I will not stop until I can hold my daughter again..'' Photo and story by @debrabarraud #bringinsiyaback #insiya #humansofamsterdam
4 months ago 946 likes 24 comments
''I grew up in Bulgaria. My dad traveled a lot for work and I would sometimes join him on his travels. Every new country we visited I would fall in love with and afterwards I never wanted to return back home. I always knew I would leave Bulgaria the minute I would be able to stand on my own feet. When I was 19 I packed my bags and left. In the past 3 years I lived in Milan and Amsterdam and I traveled to different continents. I noticed that whenever I would tell people I was from Bulgaria they had these negative associations with the country mainly based of what they heard through media. Of course it is not perfect but it made me think and focus on the beauty of the country. In a way I needed to be away from to gain the perspective that I needed to fall in love with the country I was born in. Even if its not perfect, it is still my home.'' photo and story by @debrabarraud #Amsterdam #Humansofamsterdam
7 months ago 762 likes 11 comments
''I used to work in New York in a Diner. One day a handsome Italian man came by to have breakfast. In the next few days he came back every morning to have breakfast. Only on the sixth morning he came by and I realized he was only there to see me. He was Italian but he lived in Amsterdam. I had already planned a eurotrip the next month so when I told him that I was coming to Europe he invited me to come to Amsterdam. I'm usually not that spontaneous but I could not come up with a reason not to see him. Who would have thought back then that four years later I would still be around.'' Photo and story by @debrabarraud #amsterdam #humansofamsterdam

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3 days ago 77 likes 1 comments
Squad goals!!
1 week ago 45 likes 1 comments
Good vibrations 💖
1 week ago 44 likes 1 comments
'Cause my lock is your lock and your lock is my lock #BestFairyFriends 💖🦄
1 week ago 22 likes 1 comments
She's even more beautiful than a picture can express. Cause she has it all. There's so much she can do..and so many she will achieve in her future. Bright one. Like her. "She is a little explosion of hope.." #iwillmissyou #humansofamsterdam

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