I wish to continue my studies as an auto mechanic

Obada Nema is 26 years old. He is from Damascus, Syria.

My life before the war: I was studying and working. I was studying journalism in Damascus University. I worked in many cafeterias, and as a clerk. I was summoned to join the military, but I refused. I escaped from Syria to Egypt, where I stayed for one year. Continue reading “I wish to continue my studies as an auto mechanic”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: a million stories, denmark, syria, damascus, journalism, refugee, auto mechanic,

I will be graduating next year

Malaka Kweider is 21 years old, and is from Damascus, Syria.

Before the war, I was in the 10th grade. Life was very beautiful, without any problems. Our life was very normal before the war. During the war, our life was very stressful. I was afraid of everything. There was no safe places. Even the short 7-minute walk to school was impossible for me to walk alone. Continue reading “I will be graduating next year”

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

I wish to continue my studies to become an electrician

Kussai Nema is 24 years old and came to Denmark from Damascus, Syria.

Before the war, I was studying and working. I was studying in high school, and working in a bar. I liked making ‘latte art’ on the cappuccinos. My life was acceptable before the war. I escaped from Syria in the beginning of the war, in 2013, because I feared for my life. Continue reading “I wish to continue my studies to become an electrician”

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

I want to thank the Danes, because they helped me

Abdo Kweider is 44 years old, from Damascus, Syria.

In 1988, when I was 14 years old I left my school, because my father got sick, and I started to work. I was the oldest of my siblings, so I helped my father. He was the owner of our family business Kweider Sweets that had existed since 1912.
I left Syria because of the war. It was dangerous for me and for my children to stay I Syria, and that was the reason I had to leave.

Continue reading “I want to thank the Danes, because they helped me”

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

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”

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

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”

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