“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,

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 am not a refugee, I am a migrant

Odai Al Zoubi is 37 years old

I came to Denmark in january 2016. Before I came to Denmark, I lived in London for 6 years where I studied philosophy. My life in Denmark was very hard. I studies in language at the language school, and the teacher was very helpful. Unfortunately I don’t go there anymore because I have so much to do. I can’t speak Danish, just English. Continue reading “I am not a refugee, I am a migrant”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: a million stories, migrant, syria, denmark, author, writer