It was like a miracle

I come from Damascus. Everything in Damascus is beautiful. The air – everything.

I left my country of origin on 13.12.2015 and arrived in Germany on 28.12.2015. I fled the war. My husband and I are divorced. He fled before I did with the children. Continue reading “It was like a miracle”

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Until when?

My name is Abdullah, I am 36 years old and come from Syria, Afrin. Originally I’m a Kurd. Afrin used to be a beautiful city, today its condition is very bad, very difficult. Before the war, no city could be compared to Afrin, people lived a normal life in their houses, just like in any other country.

Syria is under dictatorship, but as long as you don’t interfere in politics, you can do whatever you want. The important thing is not to interfere. We belong to the oppressed people in Syria. The Kurdish language was forbidden for us, indeed it was forbidden and we were forced to speak Arabic. They leave you alone as long as you live your life normally and follow the rules. But if you demand your rights or think of speaking your mind, they lock you up. Continue reading “Until when?”

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“I had to experience the winter and it was very cold”

My name is Bave and I am a kurd from Qamishli in Syria. My life was very good before the war. I  went to school as usual and went out with my friends. Our life was much nicer than life in Europe. The war came and destroyed our whole life. It was a shock.

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The loving

My name is Mahmoud, I am 37 years old and come from Syria, Afrin.

I was born in a village near Afrin in Yakhur. At eight I left the village and moved to Aleppo. In Aleppo I worked in my uncle’s sewing shop, after two years I started in a university cafeteria, where I didn’t like it very much, so I changed my job. I started working in a very famous Syrian restaurant, they made Shawarma and other delicious dishes. I’ve been in that restaurant for eight years. Then I had to join the military, then I worked in the restaurant for another year, until I started in a car repair shop, I worked there for the next 8 years.
Later I travelled to Lebanon and worked as a car tire mechanic, after three years I went back to Syria and became self-employed. It went well, thank God. Continue reading “The loving”

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My way

I’m in a foreign country, I’m cold, I’m scared.

The way before me unclear, in me so many words, but the language is missing to translate them.

I’m in a room full of people and I don’t know what to do. Continue reading “My way”

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“Hurricane”

My name is Hakam and I am from Hamaa in Syria. I left Syria in early 2012 hoping to do something in Tunisia, but unfortunately, I did not manage to find work in Tunisia because their rules are difficult and life was tough.

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“My wife was injured and passed away two days later”


My name is Mohamad, Palestinian from the Yarmuk refugee in Damascus. We decided to leave Yarmuk when it became uncertain in the area, 90 percent of the Yarmouk population fled. I saw people die in front of me. My house was destroyed and my wife was injured and passed away two days later.

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Hope of the path

My name is Osso and I come from Hassaka, the city in North East Syria is about an hour away from Turkey. About 700,000 citizens of different nations live there. Kurds, Arabs, Armenians. There are many religions represented in Hassaka, Hassaka is a colorful city almost like a small Syria. I love it very much, my little town.

Before I came here, I lived there with my parents and my siblings. I always miss my old life, we were a community, we lived together, ate together, cooked together. It was much nicer for me than it is today. Continue reading “Hope of the path”

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