Every time they change a rule it just gets worse and worse

Young woman, from Syria.

I have been in Denmark since October 2015. I arrived with my parents and brothers and a sister in bus from Germany, and first we went to Sandholm and after that to Sønderborg where we lived for 1 year and I went to language school. Continue reading “Every time they change a rule it just gets worse and worse”

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We would really like to go and see our grandchild

Woman, from Syria.

I had a good life before the war broke out. I was making a living by sewing pearls on textiles and clothing and I liked it a lot, but when I got married there was no longer a need for me to do it,  and later my time was consumed by taking care of my children. We had bought an apartment on the second store in the city where we lived, but when the war broke out we moved outside the city to the countryside where we rented a house. The house was surrounded by a beautiful landscape with grass, flowers, fruit trees, sheep and a river, and it just felt very peaceful. Continue reading “We would really like to go and see our grandchild”

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My girlfriend was killed in 2011 by shrapnel

Khaldoun, 30 years old, from Damascus, Syria.

Before the war I lived in Damascus and for 7 years I had a girlfriend who was studying fine arts at the University, and she was so good at drawing and would draw me many times over the years.   She was also a skilled stonemason and would make sculptures that imitated human beings. I was a student of psychology at the time, and so we met in Damascus on the streets first and later we had coffee, smoked water pipe and talked and talked; she was open-minded and such a free spirit. Continue reading “My girlfriend was killed in 2011 by shrapnel”

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I got the idea to organize a football team at the asylum centre

Boy, 17 years old, West Kurdistan (Iran).

I arrived in Denmark in 2015 with my parents and my siblings. We arrived on the train from Germany and we had tickets for the central train station in Copenhagen, but close to the border the police entered the train and took us out and asked where we wanted to seek for residence permit and we all said: “Denmark”. After that we were brought to the police station and on the same day we were taken by bus to Sandholmlejren, where we stayed for half a day, and after that we spent more than 1 year in different refugee centres. Continue reading “I got the idea to organize a football team at the asylum centre”

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Hope for the future

Girl, 14 years old, from West Kurdistan, (Iran).

I arrived in Denmark in late 2015 with my family, and before we ended up in Copenhagen, in the temporary housing where we are living now, we spent almost a year on several asylum centres. However, it was in Copenhagen that I started playing football and it was in November last year, and for me my team is just the best team in the world. Football is about teamwork: I have a lot of fun when I play, I get to improve my language, I have made a lot of friends with different backgrounds and it is a good way to become an integrated part of the Danish society. Continue reading “Hope for the future”

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Football is life

Girl, 11 years old, from West Kurdistan, (Iran)

I have been in Denmark since late 2015. First I was sent together with my parents and siblings to an asylum centre in the southern part of the country, and after that to the northern part of the country to Gilleleje, which was a really good place; there was a great beach, where I would go in the summer. At that point I was not getting interested in football yet, so I spent a lot of my time looking at my ipad and bicycling with my sister, brother and father. During this period I got a lot of friends at the language school. Continue reading “Football is life”

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I now live in Faxe

Djwar Ahmad, 27, brother of Shiyar Ahmad from Kobani, Syria.

My life was easy before the war. I have some learning difficulties, so learning was not easy for me so I lived with my family. My family took care of me since I could not get higher schooling. Continue reading “I now live in Faxe”

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I started a football club in Copenhagen

Diyar Dersem, 33, From Syria and then Lebanon.

I was in school up until highs school and then started working with embroidery machines. I had to come to Denmark because of problems I had due to my political views. I travelled via Turkey, Greece, Italy, Germany and came to Denmark by train. Continue reading “I started a football club in Copenhagen”

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It was pouring down and there was mud all over

Belal, 53 years old, Damascus, Syria.

Before the war I was an employee at a post office. I lived with my wife and sons and a daughter, but as a Palestinian born in Syria and as such stateless life was never easy for me. I was working for the state and the salary was quite miserable, and when the war broke out rather abruptly and I realized that they would force me to enter the army to fight for Assad, I decided to flee to Turkey. Continue reading “It was pouring down and there was mud all over”

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