If you choose to be Christian, they call you ‘ertedad’

Davoud Lajmiri is a 30 year old man, from Iran.

I have a bachelor in architecture, and had my own business in Iran. I worked and studied. I was 28 years when I left the country. I was Christian in Iran. When in Iran, there is no choice, everyone has to join the army. When I was in the army, I used to go to the secret hidden Christian church, that was outside the army facility. We couldn’t practice our faith openly. The regime found out about it. Someone who was in the army was also working for the regime, and they told people from the government about me. The government officers hacked into my phone and found some Christian scriptures. That is why I left the country. Continue reading “If you choose to be Christian, they call you ‘ertedad’”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: refugee, asylum, a million stories, denmark, iran, ertedad, religion

Nour tried to reunite with her father

Nour Dalati is a 30 year old woman from Aleppo, Syria

I want to tell the story about what happened to me in the Danish airport. I didn’t want to stay here. I wanted to go to my father in The Netherlands. But the Danish police caught me and took my fingerprints. They threatened me, that if I wound not give them my fingerprints, they would put me in prison for two month, and then send me back to Greece. Continue reading “Nour tried to reunite with her father”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: refugee, syria, denmark, a million stories

I feel like politicians just talk about us, to promote their parties

Assem Swaid is a 36 year old man from Homs, Syria.

In 2013 the Syrian government wouldn’t renew my passport. I had lost my job in 2013 and couldn’t go back to Syria. So, I went to Istanbul, Turkey for two and a half months, wanting to help refugees there. I was told it was better to go to Greece, and then go to Denmark where my sister lived. I stayed in Greece for 1 year and 8 months, and then traveled towards Denmark. Continue reading “I feel like politicians just talk about us, to promote their parties”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: a million stories, refugee, asylum, denmark, syria,

I remember a day where my dad was very worried about us

Shahd Alkurdi is a  13 year old girl from Damascus, Syria

I came to Denmark on February 16th 2015 with my mother and my brother. We flew here, mother had been granted family reunification with my dad. I was 10 years old when I arrived in Denmark, today I am 13 years old.

From Syria I remember things were rough. I could see my country fall apart, be destroyed with my own eyes. We lived in a place where there was a good view. You could see the entire city. You could see how the bombs fell. You could see the smoke and the fire. Continue reading “I remember a day where my dad was very worried about us”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: refugee, asylum, a million stories, denmark, damascus, syria, child

Shahin was a wedding photographer

Shahin Abdo is a  21 year old man from Mosul, Iraq.

I came to Denmark in 2015. I work at the airport, first cleaning up, but now I’m gonna work at a restaurant.

I went to high school in Iraq. I had a dream of studying English at the university. After that, I dreamt of becoming a pilot. I worked after school, fixing phones at my fathers shop, and as a photographer. When someone got married in my city, I was the one who took the pictures. I did that for three and a half years. Continue reading “Shahin was a wedding photographer”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: refugee, asylum, a million stories, iraq, mosul, denmark

Aheds new beginning in Denmark

Ahed Alkurdi is a  10 year old boy from Damascus, Syria

I come from Damascus, Syria. I came to Denmark februrary 16th 2015, when I was 7 years old. From Syria, I remember a time where there was no war. But then the war started and my dad was so afraid that something might happen to us. My mother was almost hit by bombs two times. Continue reading “Aheds new beginning in Denmark”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: refugee, a million stories, child, syria, denmark

It could be that what everyone’s saying is true

I was here in Germany and I had my papers here. When the massacre was in Račak, I immediately decided to go back to Kosova. At that moment I lost my right to stay in Germany. Right now I’m here for very important reasons. When I applied for asylum, I was told I were from a safe country. How can someone who does not hear my story at all decide my fate on the assumption that I come from a safe country? Continue reading “It could be that what everyone’s saying is true”

Dublin Core: Language: de Subject: refugees, asylum, a million stories, kosovo, germany

My financial misery brings me here

The economic situation in Albania is disastrous. There is high unemployment. And I had experienced that I was without money a few times in the middle of the month and didn’t know how to get along until the end of the month. I’m talking about the necessities, about food. Because of my daughter’s concern, I decided to leave Albania and find a place where my child could be safe. And I chose Germany. Continue reading “My financial misery brings me here”

Dublin Core: Language: de Subject: refugees, asylum, a million stories, albania, germany

“But sometimes I wake up at night and start crying”

My name is Mazhar, I’m from Damascus in Syria and I’m 23 years old. I lived a good life and had dreams like any youth. Since I was little I was interested in technology and the internet. My dad was a businessman and we had a high financial standard and therefore I could have a computer and internet.

Continue reading ““But sometimes I wake up at night and start crying””

Dublin Core: Language: sv Subject: asylum, refugees, A Million Stories, Sweden

This is about blood revenge

I have the impression I can’t remember the things. What matters to me is what is now. I’m here because of political reasons. I tried to prove all this to the authorities. I had a lot of documents with me. It was very difficult to pass it on because people did not understand it and they also made me understand that it was so. I needed time to get a lawyer. What can I tell you? When I start telling my story, we’ll need time. I’ll try to make it short and brief. Continue reading “This is about blood revenge”

Dublin Core: Language: de Subject: refugee, asylum, Albania, Germany, a million stories