一台腳踏車 翻轉難民人生 | Bicycles for asylum seekers, brightens their new lives in New Zealand

ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.
ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.

【看英文中國郵報學英文】紐西蘭慈善機構ReBicycle為解決威林頓地區當地難民生活上的交通問題,除了提供免費腳踏車之外,還教難民們騎腳踏車,讓生活更便利也點亮了他們的人生。

ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization, has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to deal with their difficulties with commuting, and better accomodate those who were recently resettled in New Zealand. 

紐西蘭慈善機構ReBicycle 提供免費單車與課程讓難民學習騎腳踏車。| ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.
紐西蘭慈善機構ReBicycle 提供免費單車與課程讓難民學習騎腳踏車。| ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.

根據英國衛報(The Guardian)報導, 有一名來自伊朗的足球女教練,2018年逃難來到紐西蘭定居,接受採訪時她說道:「剛來紐西蘭時非常害怕,完全不敢離開家裡,甚至會在家掙扎好幾天才提起勇氣踏出門採買生活用品。」

According to The Guardian, an Iranian woman who is a former football player and coach, arrived in New Zealand as a refugee in 2018. She said she was so scared when she first moved to New Zealand that she struggled to leave the house, and would spend days taking up the courage to walk to the supermarket for basic supplies. 

她表示,在紐西蘭定居過了好幾個月後,她加入了當地的自行車社團,也拿到了ReBicycle捐贈的腳踏車,每到假日騎著腳踏車馳騁於綠野山丘之間,美麗的景色療癒了她的心,甚至一個週末會騎45公里的路程。

In addition, she said a few months after settling, she was invited to join a local bicycle club and was given a second-hand bike from ReBicycle. Since then, she has cycled the country’s steep green hills and wide fields, sometimes traveling 45 km on any given weekend. She explained the picturesque scenery helped soothe her. 

紐西蘭慈善機構ReBicycle 提供免費單車與課程讓難民學習騎腳踏車。| ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.
紐西蘭慈善機構ReBicycle 提供免費單車與課程讓難民學習騎腳踏車。| ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.

「紐西蘭居民計畫」允許配額數量的難民能夠長期居住在紐西蘭,並享有紐西蘭公民大部分的權利。因此,紐西蘭每年估計收容約一千名難民。

New Zealand accepted a thousand refugees each year under its quota system Refugee Claimant Visa, which grants refugees who come to settle in New Zealand with the same civil rights as locals.

 

紐西蘭慈善機構ReBicycle 提供免費單車與課程讓難民學習騎腳踏車。| ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.
紐西蘭慈善機構ReBicycle 提供免費單車與課程讓難民學習騎腳踏車。| ReBicycle, a New Zealand charitable organization has provided local refugees with free bicycles and bike-riding lessons to improve their difficulties with commuting.

ReBicycle 曾捐贈超過200台腳踏車給住在威林頓的難民。然而,教他們學習腳踏車不是一件易事,因為成人學習可能需要花上數天的時間。有些難民因為文化,從來沒有學過腳踏車,且女性穿著寬鬆長衫更是讓學習騎腳踏車難上加難。

 

ReBicycle has donated more than 200 bicycles to asylum seekers in Wellington. However, learning to ride a bike is more difficult as an adult so it takes days for people to learn cycling rather than hours. In addition, some women are particularly disadvantaged because it may be frowned upon for cultural reasons. Long robes and loose-fit clothing can also be an obstacle.