“Suddenly a man pushed me out of the boat”

My name is Ali, I’m 27 years old and come from Baghdad.

I came to Sweden 1,5 years ago. I lived a stable life in Irak, exept for the last two years. I would have stayed in my country, but there were to many bombs and insecurity. I was persecuted by a group of people belonging to the government and the situation was getting worse.

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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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“My family was happy to know that I was still alive”

My name is Farhad, I’m 18 years old and I come from Afghanistan.
I had a very difficult life in Iran, because I did not have a residence permit there. When I was 14 I was quite tall and the police had there Eyes on me. I was’nt alowed to attend school and I could not play with other children.

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“But sometimes I wake up at night and start crying”

My name is Mazhar, I’m from Damascus in Syria and I’m 23 years old. I lived a good life and had dreams like any youth. Since I was little I was interested in technology and the internet. My dad was a businessman and we had a high financial standard and therefore I could have a computer and internet.

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“I just want to live my life just like everyone else”

My name is Mansour and I’m 19 years old from Afghanistan.
Even when I was 10 years old, I felt like I was a little different compared to other children, but I dared not tell my family. I discovered that this issue was also forbidden in Iran. I could not stay there either, so I had to flee from Sweden to seek asylum.

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“I am stateless”

My name is Mohamed and I’m 17 years old.
I was born in Saudi Arabia but can still say that I am stateless. I grew up in Saudi Arabia and taught their tradition. The older I became, it felt like I was not welcome in Saudi Arabia.

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“I was on my way to my death”

My name is Khaled and come from Mosul in Iraq. I lived a regular life until the country became insecure and there was no future for me. I studied and worked during the summer. Then Isis entered the city of Mosul and it was not possible to live there anymore and I had to flee. I first fled to Syria and then to Turkey. I fled alone.

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“Dad if I die in the sea, I will tell God that it was your fault”

My name is Rashid and I’m a Palestinian born in Damascus. I have lived 9 months in Sweden.
In Syria I lived an ordinary life. I studied and worked in a plastic factory. My family decided to leave the country because of the war. To create a future. As Palestinians we did’nt have a citizenship in Syria.

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