“You can go out of the street, but the street won’t go out of you. Most people think that the street thinking is bad. But you learn the respect, you learn the loyalty. If the police come and fuck one, he will stay silent about the others. This tattoo, the three points, you know what it is? That’s the code in the prison. I don’t see, I don’t hear, I don’t speak. And when people see this, they think: I can trust him.
I used to rob a lot and fight a lot on the streets. I made a lot of problems with the police. I was 12 when they came to my home for the first time. This aggressivity I had… I don’t want to say it’s because my father went away, but I think it’s a little bit because of this too. I was angry and sad. In the school I didn’t do homework, I didn’t listen to what the teacher says, and every time during break I punch one student.
Me and a black guy we were the only two guys who were not Swiss in the class. Probably when you are small, you feel that you are not welcome. One time, I go to the school with a football tricot from Syria and the teacher comes to me: “Why you don’t take the one from Switzerland?” I had a beard very young and every time they say: “Why you don’t shave your beard?” Or every time something not good happened, they said it was me. Then you have the aggressivity in yourself, and they ask you: “Why you are aggressive?”
I’m like fire: when you blow on me, I burn, and comes a time I explode. When you don’t blow, I be okay, no problem. But now everything is good. I learned. When someone has a problem with you, don’t punch. You can speak. This tattoo on my right hand means “patience”. I need a lot of patience because I have big dreams. But when I say the big dream is to have a lot of money and everything, I’m lying. Everyone who says this is lying. When you have war inside of you, you will never have what you want. You can be the biggest mother fucker outside, but you go home and you are alone with your problems. The big dream of everyone is the peace inside. When you have this, you have everything. And you need patience to get there.”
(Pont de la machine | original English)