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In Bordeaux, Délila Nakib puts Erasmus within the reach of neighborhood youth

In the garden of Délila Nakib, the fresco bearing Algerian or Moroccan flags, is entitled “We forgive, but we do not forget”. A memory of the last Erasmus + project, in which young people from its association Aux Couleurs du Deba (“Saying, exchanging, moving, acting”) participated in Brussels and Bordeaux.

“Via graffiti or slam, they worked on the taboos of colonization, a story they know little about while it concerns them closely, explains the director. It resonated with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, and debates about the colonial past of European countries. “

Before confinement, the association also allowed young people to participate in a week in Greece on the social and solidarity economy, or to debate inclusion in Romania. In twelve years of existence, it has sent over 2,000 people abroad for periods of a few days to several weeks. “And all of them took a big slap, continues Délila Nakib. Whether the experience was positive or negative, the trip made them grow and find meaning in their daily life. “

Polish, Congolese and Algerian

60% of the beneficiaries of her association are disabled, 40% of young people come from cities, she says. “Some left school at the age of 14 or before, others have the bac or BTS but do not know how to write French well. We’re not gonna lie to each other she continues, using her favorite expression. Many spent their day in front of the TV or at the bottom of their building because they could not work. For them, the association is an escape route. “

Founded in 2008 “By three women from Polish, Congolese and Algerian immigration”, In the colors of Deba wants “Act in a region in the midst of an economic crisis” the priority district of Saige, in Pessac, a town in the Bordeaux metropolis. The association contributes to democratizing the lifelong education and training programs registered since 2014 in the missions of the European Erasmus + program.

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“We try to reach out to others, to get them back as I would have liked to have been taken back”, summarizes Délila Nakib. Born in 1973 in France, the last of ten children, she was the victim of abuse. “My Harkis parents came out of the Algerian war completely dismantled. In my family, the woman was a slave in every sense of the word. Placed by the Ddass, I found myself in equally harsh and incestuous situations. Hence my concern to fight violence in all its forms. ”

Humanist and teacher

Including symbolic: while passing the patent, she discovers on her identity card that her real first name is not the one by which she has always been called, Délila, but Yasmina, given by her father at birth and who remains its official name. At 18, in revolt, she is homeless, punk, drug addict and drug dealer… Everything for “To flee his environment” Arab and Muslim, she explains.

Thanks to a diploma of access to university studies and despite his “Social case path”, however, she finds herself at Sciences-Po Bordeaux. But his diploma leaves him with a bitter taste. “I was never hired for my skills, but because I was a woman and an Arab, I met other criteria”, she believes. In 2014, she was recruited on the list of the future mayor (various right) of Pessac. But hardly elected, she slams the door. Reason: “The policy for the cities was the opposite of what had been announced during the campaign. “

Délila Nakib preferred to be her own boss. “In the colors of Deba is a ray of sunshine for her”, smiles her friend Catherine Kolodziejczyk. “She was able to show her qualities and share them with as many people as possible. Humanist, teacher, very attentive, she succeeds in the crazy bet of integrating underprivileged young people into international exchanges. “

Three million Erasmus children

During a meeting in Turkey, relishes Délila Nakib, “A Lithuanian Viking and my young Arabs whom he hated ended up becoming the best friends in the world after a night around a shisha!” Europe is learning what diversity is and respecting it. “ She adds, amused, that four babies were born from the encounters generated by her association – just like “Three million Erasmus children”.

For Karim, a young disabled person who became treasurer of the association, “Délilife”, as he calls it, “Pull people up, raise their heads”. The reverse is also true: “After the attack on Charlie hebdo, I had a burnout ”, confides the director, who then denounced two people “Leaving for jihad”.“I wanted to stop everything, the young people dissuaded me by telling me this: ‘It is thanks to an association like yours that we do not become delinquents and terrorists.’ “


His inspiration. Barbara’s voice

“I had a click in 2008, while listening to the replay of a radio interview with Barbara, explains Délila Nakib. She said she didn’t come out of the shadows until she was 35, which was my age at the time. I loved the singer, but I discovered at that time what she had gone through (the rape by her father, Editor’s note), and that we can survive all that without being ashamed.

At that time, either I committed suicide or I continued to fight, and his speech succeeded in giving meaning to my life, I then created the association. It helped me a lot, as did the record La Marmaille nue, by Mano Solo: you feel less alone when you listen to people who have shared the same daily life as you. “


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