Yousef is born in 1987 and came to Denmark from Damascus, Syria.
My life before the war was very good. I only studied at elementary school. I am sheza (religion), som they asked me to do military service. All sheza was sent to that. I served at the presidential palace. I worked as a chauffeur.
I did not get permission to stay here in Denmark, because the authorities see me as a bad resident. Until now, I haven’t been given permission to stay. I was sent to a closed immigration camp. My family is here, my wife and two children, and they did get permission to stay.
My son is three years old and born in Denmark. My daughter is two months old. I would like to know why they want to separate me from my family? What are my human rights? I haven’t seen my parents for nine years – only on the phone.
I was sent to prison in Syria, and all my teeth was broken. I was shot in the leg.
I need to know why I don’t get any answers. I get afraid every time I see a police car. I worry about whether they will deport me or what they will do with me. I need to support my children as a father, and not live separated from them.