Africans in Moldova – A Small but Tight Community

Dr. Keita Abdramane - the busy chairman in the Fatima officeIt is a clear and warm summer day in a small park, not far from Chisinau. The children are playing near a small lake, the women are cutting fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, the men lit a fire and are preparing chicken wings and mici, the Moldovan version of cevapcici. This is not an ordinary barbecue, though.

The African community in Moldova went on their yearly summer trip to the countryside. Among the 30 participants there is Salifou from Burkina Faso, who is the director of the Charity Centre for Refugees in Chisinau, Amir Bechir, the smart Sudanese businessman, Daurianne, the young student from Kongo and Dr. Keita Abdramane, the organiser of the day out.

A Malian in Chisinau

Dr. Abdramane was a student when he came to Chisinau 20 years ago. It was quite common in the Soviet era that African students got a scholarship in one of Moldovan's statal universities. In fact, it was not his intention to stay in this small eastern European country for the rest of his life. Two children and a Moldovan lady made him change his mind. He graduated at the Universitatea Agrară de Stat din Moldova and now is the chairman of the Fatima organization. Fatima was founded by Moldovans and Africans and started its work in 1999. „Some Africans left the country after their studies, leaving behind a Moldovan wife and children. The aim of our organisation then was to help these marginalised children," so Abdramane. The Fatima organisation offered leisure time activities for abandoned children and psychological assistance for the women. The Malian and his active friends had to look after up to 80 children.

Fatima works with needy children

Today the Fatima organisation offers social, humanitarian and psychological help and tries to fully integrate needy children into society. The Fatima office and training centre is situated in Rîşcani, in the north of Chisinau. The courses range from computer lessons to integrative workshops „Now we work with 25 children, but I want all children to have an intact family and a better life", is Abdramane optimistic for the future. The name Fatima derives from an African girl who needed assistance when she was young. Now she is studying abroad successfully. Some Africans have left the country, others will follow. „As soon as I have finished my studies, I am going to leave Moldova," says Daurianne after having stayed more than four years in the country. It is most likely that next year there will be even less people at the summer barbecue of the African community in Moldova.



Comments (10)
10 Saturday, 10 December 2016 09:00
Please I'm relocating to Moldova soon.I want to know the stage of things. I'm a nigerian
african-canadaian visiting Moldova
9 Saturday, 08 November 2014 15:49
David King
is there many African students in Moldova? And how can I contact you?
african-canadaian visiting Moldova
8 Saturday, 08 November 2014 15:47
David King
is there many African students in Moldova? And how can I contact you?
7 Wednesday, 29 May 2013 18:30
lukemba Gelindo
hello everybody,

I intend to visit Moldova and I would like to have as much information as I can. Can I come in contact with a tourist guide?


Gelindo, from Belgium
6 Monday, 18 March 2013 09:05
I had got a desire to make my own company, but I did not have got enough of cash to do that. Thank heaven my close mate said to take the personal loans. Hence I took the financial loan and made real my dream.
5 Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:23
Dr Brice,
this is the e mail adress of our organization; or
4 Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:18
Hi Dr. Brice
My name is Keita, the president of Fatima center. I can meet you in Chisinau. My contact number Is +373 22 49 10 99 or mob: +37369284296
Teaching in Moldova
3 Thursday, 14 April 2011 19:43
Dr. Tanya Brice
I will be in Moldova for three weeks in July-August 2011. I am African American. I would love to meet members of the African community while in Moldova.
African Community
2 Saturday, 27 February 2010 19:05
Hi Samira,

I just can recommend you to get in touch with Keita, who is the "king" of the African community in Moldova and knows everyone. Give him a call in his Fatima office. He will help you with any issue you can think about...

Keita Abdramane: 069/284296
New in moldova, any african ladies in Chisinau
1 Saturday, 06 February 2010 18:49
Mrs Samira elbling
Am a young lady from Nigeria, west africa, my husband was transfered to Moldova last month and am finding it a bit difficult to cope, will like to know if there are any african ladies here in moldova, i live in crown plaza, chisinau. will love to help with the abandoned kids. I only speak english though. Will love to meet with any african living or studying in moldova.

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