When we were in Helsingør we felt like a new life was waiting for us

Mohammed Abdo is 41 years old, from Iraq
I work as a janitor at Hørsholm stadium. In Iraq I studied until 8th grade, and after that I worked as a chauffeur. Then I opened my own shop where I sold mobile phones. My life was beautiful. Continue reading “When we were in Helsingør we felt like a new life was waiting for us”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: a million stories, denmark, iraq, refugee, family reunification, helsingør

When my daughter was five days old, they destroyed my house

Asmaa Omar is 31 years old, palestinean from Syria.
My father is from Palestine, and I am from Ghouta. I came to Denmark in 2014. I finished university and worked as a Arabic teacher. When I was 23 years old I got married. I was getting ready to take my masters degree. I wanted to write about the impact of religion on civilization. But, I couldn’t write it, since the war started. I was in an explotion and couldn’t use my head for a year. Continue reading “When my daughter was five days old, they destroyed my house”

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

I can go to school in Denmark and have to live my life while waiting, but I cant focus on school

Alaa Kaadan is 30 years old, from Damascus, Syria
I was a cosmetologist and came to Denmark in 2014. Here in Denmark I just finished 9th grade. After Christmas vacation I will start 10th grade, and I also work at a local restaurant in town.
My life in Syria before the war was very good. I have two sons and a beautiful house. The last time I saw my children they were 5 and 8 years old. Now they are 8 and 11 years old. When the war started the whole area was destroyed by rockets, and I moved to my mothers house with my two boys. Continue reading “I can go to school in Denmark and have to live my life while waiting, but I cant focus on school”

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

We didn’t think the war would last

Mohamad Ayham kandan is 33 years old form Damascus, Syria.

I came to Denmark in 2014. In Syria I was a painter and lived there with my wife and baby daughter. Here I just finished language school and I work as a busdriver. Before the war I lived a very happy life. When the war just began our lives changed and became stressful. We didn’t think the war would last, we thought the war would be over soon. The war started in 2011, and I was still working. In 2012, there was no work for me anymore. The building where I worked was destroyed. Continue reading “We didn’t think the war would last”

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

I am very proud that I am starting my own business

Ahmad al Mahamed is a 30 year old man, from Daraa, Syria.

In Syria I was a coffee manufacturer, and I came to Denmark in 2014. I go to language school and I also work at a supermarket in Ringe on Fyn. I live here with my wife and three children. My children are very happy here in Denmark, and have learned Danish very fast. My parents are still in Syria, and my brothers and sisters are in Jordan. The war separated us. Continue reading “I am very proud that I am starting my own business”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: a million stories, denmark, coffee, daraa, syria, refugee, family reunification

This is my story

 

Mayada Salem is 15 years old and from Syria.

I have seven sisters. My life was good because I lived in my own country, and I had relatives. I could find somebody to visit. My father travelled (fled from Syria), and made family reunification. I came here by plane, because my father could bring my mother and my sisters. But there was a mistake in the papers. Because of that, there are still two of my sisters in Damascus. Now they are above 18 years old, and cannot make family reunification, because of that. And there is a big problem between my mother and my father about the situation with my two sisters in Damascus, because they are in danger.

There is a big problem between my father and my mother. I ask them, they must do something about saving the life of the other kids. My mother has left our home, because she feels bad psychologically, because she is crying about her two kids. She is now divorced from my father, and lives in a crisis centre. But now I have heard that she is living in a house. Me and my sisters are living with my father.

This situation is affecting me psychologically, so I don’t attend school. Every day I am absent, absent, absent. I am unable to speak Danish, and unable to learn anything because my mother is out of the house. I live with my father.

All of my life has changed for the worse. It is like a terrible life. I can’t accept it.

After I have known Joudi from the school, and Manal (a friend and her mother), they have become like a new family for me. I am very happy that I have found another family, so now I have started to school again because Joudi encouraged me to go to school so I can learn Danish.

This is my story.

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

I will work very hard to fulfill my dream

Aya is 16 years old and from Damascus, Syria

I came to Denmark in 2014 together with my father.

When we escaped from the war we went to Turkey to be with my father. All the family  were on vacation at my father. When the family went back to Syria, I stayed with him. 25 days later we started traveling towards Europe. We sailed to Italy, it took 10 days. In Italy we came to a hotel where we stayed for a week. Continue reading “I will work very hard to fulfill my dream”

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