My name is Mohammed, is 27 years old and is from Syria.
In Syria I studied journalism and worked next to school. I am from the city of Daraa, located south of Syria. It may not be many people who know the city but it is located 100 km from the capital and borders Jordan. Daraa, are in the countryside, and residents have a city tradition.
I had a very good upbringing together with family, children and adults. As a child, I had everything, because my family had a stable economy.
September 29, 2012 I left Syria. That date was not only stamped in the pass but in my heart and in my mind. I’ll never forget that day. My dad decided that I was going to flee because the government chased me. The only solution was to fly to my brother who lives in Libya. My brother was there during the Libyan revolution against Khaddafi.
I first went from Syria to Lebanon and then to Egypt. Then I and my siblings took the bus from Egypt to Libya illegally. We did not get a stamp in the passport. The whole trip took 3-4 days. We arrived at Tripoli and we started a temporary life there. After 20 days I started working on a TV channel called Al Nabeh. I was unsure if I were going to flee to Sweden. After 1 year and 4 months in Libya, I decided to flee to Sweden because of various harassment we encountered because we were from Syria and we was illegal in the country.
I did not flee alone, but brought my little brother who was 15 years old. We slept one night at the smuggler and then we fled in the middle of the night to Zwara town. They took us in a truck that carried meat and drove us to the coast. We did not bring anything, we only had an hour to prepare ourselves. They said no one should bring big bags. I had a laptop that was important because I had my pictures and other documents in it. I also wanted to use it when I arrived to contact my family. I smuggled my computer and hid it under my pants. I rolled the computer into plastic so it would not be destroyed.
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