The Community Podcast

The Community Podcast

A celebration of integration in Malta

Embark on an interesting journey with Dursa Kadu and Diellza Illgner, as they share their extraordinary stories of resilience and triumph, now anchored in the heart of Malta.

Guiding us through this enlightening conversation is our insightful host and interviewer, Diellza.

Born to a Kosovo family that intended to escape the Yugoslavian war to Germany, Diellza's path unfolded uniquely as she became part of a German family. Her exploration of diverse cultures eventually led her to Malta, where she immersed herself in the world of Performing Arts.

Now, shifting the spotlight to our remarkable interviewee, Dursa Kadu. A beacon of inspiration, Dursa's narrative began in Ethiopia, where, at 16, he navigated the tumultuous waters of conflicts, propelling him on a solitary odyssey through Sudan, Libya, and finally, the welcoming shores of Malta. His journey, marked by illegal detentions and exposure to human trafficking in Libya, shaped him into the resilient, passionate, and hardworking individual he is today.

As Diellza skillfully unravels the layers of Dursa's life, we witness the metamorphosis of challenges into success. From enduring some of the planet's harshest living conditions to emerging as a co-founder of Spark15 and a budding athlete, Dursa's story is a testament to the unyielding spirit of the human soul.

Join us for an extraordinary conversation where Diellza, with her insightful questions, guides us through the depths of Dursa's experiences. Whether you're a student seeking inspiration or a business professional in pursuit of fresh perspectives, brace yourself for an inspiring encounter with Dursa's incredible journey.

This podcast benefits from a grant under the Active Citizens Fund from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.

It has been developed with the support of Blue Door Education, SOS Malta, Spark 15.

Episode 1

Diversity and Acceptance

When we talk about migrants or refugees we tend to put a group of very diverse people under one umbrella. But actually every person who has migrated here is unique, and has their own story.

Dursa and Diellza discuss how their backgrounds have influenced their outlook on life.

Episode 2:


Integration is an exchange that can bring so much learning and inspiration. But when those who have made Malta their second home are made to feel unwelcome and find hurdles at every corner, it can be hard to remain positive.

 When Dursa is feeling hopeless he thinks of the people he met on the dangerous journey to Malta… They inspire him to continue going.

Episode 3:

Overcoming Challenges

Dursa Kadu and Diellza Ilgner, migrants who have travelled two very different journeys, discuss how they face challenges.

Episode 4:


Dursa Kadu and Diellza Ilgner, migrants who have travelled two very different journeys, discuss empowerment.