Hello! I am Mohammed. I am 36 years old and I was working as a carpenter back home. I have been in Greece for six months now. When I was living in Syria I had everything. Everything was fine but then we had been exploited. Particularly, my boss did not care if I was hurt and he fired me from the work immediately. If we had to go to the doctor, we had to pay a lot.
When the war started in Syria, both groups hated and hit us because I was not with any side. When my region, Aleppo was bombed I went to another place and if there also were bombs, we went to some other places because I wanted my family to be safe.
I am married and I have two children. My older child is 8 years old and the youngest child is 7 years old. My wife is pregnant now! Our journey started when we went from Syria to Turkey borders and it took us a long time. That period, my wife was pregnant but she was not able to take any medicine and due to the long journey, my wife lost the baby. We stayed five months in Turkey. We saw that Turkish people had difficulties to work with us because they did not want us to work with them.
I have been in Greece for six months now and my children do not know any Greek. They go to school and because they have not been adjusted yet, they are continually fighting.The NGOs do not help as much and as a refugee I am not getting any help. We came to Europe because we want our children to study and become lawyers and doctors but we don’t see that happening.
Storyteller’s name: Mohammed
Interviewer’s name: Anxhela Dani
Country of origin: Syria