“A city that never sleeps”

My name is Motaz and I’m 24 years old.

I lived a regular life in Aleppo, like any human being. I went to school and played with friends when I was little. I remember I did not go out often, because there were big streets and cars. I have 3 siblings and I’m the middle child. I loved going out and staying out for a long time.

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

Before 90 % of the Danes liked refugees, now 90 % dislike us

Muheildin, 31 years old, Afrin, Syria.

I lived with my family in Afrin, and from there I would go and work in Lebanon for 3 or 4 months at a time as a tiler and then go back and spend some time in the house of my family: I am Kurdish and Kurds historically have had problems in Syria, not a lot of problems, but enough… Continue reading “Before 90 % of the Danes liked refugees, now 90 % dislike us”

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

Every day when I woke up I felt like this was the last day of my life

Hassan Alsamma is 44 years old and from Ghouta, Syria.

I came to Denmark in 2014. In my country I was an interior designer. I had a lovely life before the war. I owned my own house and was a manager at my job. When the war started, I didn’t expect it to develop into a war. I was sure that after a day or two, everything would go back to normal. Unfortunately the war escalated and we were very afraid. Our apartment was situated next to a military compound from where they were sending rockets. For that reason we were very scared, and decided to leave our home. Continue reading “Every day when I woke up I felt like this was the last day of my life”

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

I was alone in Saudi Arabia

Rayah Alshaar is 36 years old and from Hama, Syria.

I came to Denmark on june 16th 2016. I live in Kirke Hyllinge with my husband and five children.

Before the war my life was very beautiful. When I was a baby, many years ago on February 28th, Hafez Al Assad and his soldiers came to our house, and all houses in my hometown of Hama, and killed all males over the age of 16. I lost my father and five uncles. The soldiers kicked open our door at 4AM, and murdered my father in front of my mother, me and my sisters. The reason was that Hama was the centre of a beginning of a revolution against the regime, against Hafez Al Assad, the father of Bashar Al Assad. My mother took care of me and my sisters my whole childhood. I got married when I was 18. It was a beautiful day. Eight months later I gave birth to my first child. A son. I now have five children. I had cesarean sections with all of them. Continue reading “I was alone in Saudi Arabia”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: a million stories, denmark, syria, hama, saudi arabia, bribe, refugee,

I will never understand why they sent my children away

Ahmad, 37 years old, Hama, Syria

I studied pharmacy at a university in Ukraine, where I met the woman who would become my wife and the mother of my children, and after I ended my studies I travelled back with her to Syria, where our first child, Omar, was born in 2008. Continue reading “I will never understand why they sent my children away”

Dublin Core: Language: Language will appear here Subject: a million stories, denmark, syria, refugee, pharmaceut,