“My biggest goal was to feel safe”

My name is Thair and I come from Aleppo in Syria.

I worked as head of a car shop and a clothing store. I am also an author and a poet. I had a good life in Syria, social life was very good. I’ll never find a country like Syria. The war started a little later in Aleppo and we stopped feeling safe. Either you were with or against the government. There was no other choice.

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“I had to experience the winter and it was very cold”

My name is Bave and I am a kurd from Qamishli in Syria. My life was very good before the war. I  went to school as usual and went out with my friends. Our life was much nicer than life in Europe. The war came and destroyed our whole life. It was a shock.

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“Hurricane”

My name is Hakam and I am from Hamaa in Syria. I left Syria in early 2012 hoping to do something in Tunisia, but unfortunately, I did not manage to find work in Tunisia because their rules are difficult and life was tough.

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“My wife was injured and passed away two days later”


My name is Mohamad, Palestinian from the Yarmuk refugee in Damascus. We decided to leave Yarmuk when it became uncertain in the area, 90 percent of the Yarmouk population fled. I saw people die in front of me. My house was destroyed and my wife was injured and passed away two days later.

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“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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