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

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

“It was difficult to breathe and to be completely quiet”

My name is Tariq, I’m 23 years old and come from Syria. Today I live in Malmö.
I lived in a city called Dara. I studied and worked at the same time. I finished high school and I wanted to go to college, but there was no security in the country so it did’nt work.

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

“I survived”

My name is Josef and I come from Damascus in Syria.
I was born in the Yarmuk refugee camp and studied in UNRWA schools in Syria. Then I studied Economics at Damascus University. As a youth, I was politically active about the Palestinian issue. I was imprisoned several times by the Syrian government because of my political activities. I traveled to Saudi Arabia for 4 years to work as an economist, and then I moved back to Syria. I got married and got 4 Children.

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

“I don’t know if I am strong but I am still alive”

Hello, my name is Nabil. I am 22 years old and I come from Damascus city, in Syria.
Back home I had the opportunity to go to university just for two weeks. I was studying English language but due to the war I had to flee from Syria. Continue reading ““I don’t know if I am strong but I am still alive””

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: Greece, Syria, Damascus, refugee, Asylum, A Million Stories, Germany

“Life was hard”

My name is Pedram and I come from Iran.
I’m 27 years old. I have been in Sweden for 13 months. I am married and at the moment I study SFI. In Iran, I lived with my family and friends. I was fine because I lived in a small town. The economy and unemployment were no problem. I had a good situation in Iran. I studied electrical engineering at the university.

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

“I wanted to seek a better life and a better education for my children”

I had a very good life before the war. My family was small. I have two girls and two boys. My husband was always travelling and I was a teacher in school. I went to school and I took my kids with me and we came back home, all together. Generally, I lived a very good and happy life before the war. Even economically, everything was good. There were not that many problems I had to face. Continue reading ““I wanted to seek a better life and a better education for my children””

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: Greece, Syria, Homs, refugee, Asylum, A Million Stories, Germany

The journey

I had to join the army, so I left Syria from Hama to Idlib. From there, I paid 1200 euros to go to Turkey. I went to Turkey with a group of 35 people. We were walking twelve hours from Idlib to Turkey and then we all got in a small bus. Then, the Turkish authorities caught us, took pictures of us, they recorded our personal data and they sent us back to Syria. Continue reading “The journey”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: Greece, Syria, Hama refugee, Asylum, A Million Stories, The Netherlands