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

“I was so scared”

My name is Wasim. I come from Damascus in Syria and am 31 years old. I am a theater actor and worked as assistant director in Syria and directed several short films. I lived well in Syria and will never forget the country I grew up in.

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

I would like to change the opinion of politicians and the opinion they have of war refugees

Ammar Ibrahim is 30 years old man and from Aleppo in Syria

I arrived in Denmark in November 2015. In Syria I was a pharmacist. I have certificates in chemistry and pharmacy, but in Denmark they only accepted my chemistry degree. I am now studying a master in chemistry at Copenhagen University. I am now at my second year, where I’m doing a project at DTU.

In Syria I worked in a pharmacy where I had worked for 7 years. I also worked in the pharmaceutical industry for two years. It was my own pharmacy but when the war came, I was forced to close it for more than 5 month. Continue reading “I would like to change the opinion of politicians and the opinion they have of war refugees”

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

My dream for the future is to have my own café again

Ahmed is  25 years old and from Damascus, Syria.

I came to Denmark in 2015. In Syria I had a good life. I studied and worked in my own restaurant with my cousin. We made salad and juices. I was studying at an engineering institute.

When the war started I left straight away because I was afraid to get caught up with the military. My cousin took over our restaurant. Continue reading “My dream for the future is to have my own café again”

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

Yaras drawing

Yara is 7 years old and from Syria. She drew much of love for us in her drawing.

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

Omars smartphone

Omars smartphone is his only contact with his home country.

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

I promised myself that I didn’t want to take any welfare money

Amed Alah is 34 years old and from Daraa, Syria

I came to Denmark in 2015. I work at a restaurant, Pipers Hus and café Satchmo, in Roskilde.

I was born in Kuwait, but I’ve lived all my life in Daraa, Syria. I finished my education in a Syrian school. I was very clever at school, but I couldn’t continue, because I got married, when I was 20 years old. In Syria I worked at a kindergarten nursery, taking care of the kids. When I had my first child, I stopped working. Continue reading “I promised myself that I didn’t want to take any welfare money”

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

Denmark feels like my second home

Almqdad is 26 years old and from Hama, near Homs, Syria.

I came to Denmark on November 30th 2015 and was granted residence permit in 2016. I just finished language school and will begin school at AVU.

I was born in a small town in Syria. Went to school for 12 years and then studied psychology at the university of Damascus. In 2012 I was sent to prison by Assads regime because I attended a demonstration agains Assad. When I came back out I couldn’t go back to the university again because they had removed me from the list of students of the university. Continue reading “Denmark feels like my second home”

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