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  • Keywords
    • refugee experiences,
    • visas and refugee status,
    • Romanian political history,
    • Romania post communism,
    • Adjusting to new cultures and language,
    • Women overcoming fears and challenges,
    • Italy a haven for refugees

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I Shall Not Fail
Between Two Worlds
by Maria Bandol

I Shall Not Fail: Between Two Worlds is an astonishingly detailed account of one woman’s determination to make a better life for herself and her children. This inspiring memoir chronicles Maria Bandol’s journey from the political and social repression of Romania following the 1989 Revolution, and the two years she spent with her family in Italy as political refugees. That refugee experience included adjusting to a new language and culture, facing scarcity and occasional substandard housing, confronting endless challenges, and a gnawing feeling of despair. But it also included beautiful and unforgettable moments of grace, gratitude and generosity, and friendships that made the unbearable bearable. While Maria laboured to preserve her dignity, fight for her rights, feed her children, and ensure that they not only continued but excelled at their schooling, she spent countless hours trying to find a new country to call home.

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Maria Bandol was born, raised, educated, and married in Romania. Disillusioned by the political and social repression of the country, both before and after the 1989 Revolution, she and her husband made the difficult decision in the early 1990s to escape the political regime of their home country. By fleeing Romania with their two daughters, they hoped to find a more promising, stable, and corruption-free future in Canada. That decision led them to spending two years in Italy as refugees, facing a myriad of challenges and unpredictable situations, but eventually overcoming all the difficulties through perseverance and positivity. Settling in Canada almost 30 years ago, Maria resumed her career as a teacher, and eventually went back to school to receive her Master of Education. She now works as a teacher, counsellor, and life coach, as well as a certified translator and interpreter. Maria lives in Peachland, British Columbia, and has two daughters and four grandchildren.


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