My name is Ghada. I am 43 years old and come from Aleppo, Syria. In Syria I worked very hard, together with my husband. Although women do not work in my family, I asserted myself. I even trained as a hairdresser. All this I did for the education of my children, it is the most important thing to me.
Unfortunately the money was never enough for us, however hard we worked, it was never enough. Life in Syria is very expensive, in spite of everything, my children have become something. My son is an engineer and is currently doing his doctorate in Norway. We had to leave our homeland because of the war. When we lived in Syria, there was always a war going on in me too. I could hardly bear it. I constantly fought with my family, my most important task was to give my children a good life. Today they have become something good, thank God.
In Germany, I feel like I was born again. I feel like I have to start all over again. My wish is to do a German course and to work, because only through work do I have the feeling to live. For me there is no life without work. My dream is to become a train driver.
Storyteller’s name: Ghada
Interviewer’s name: Sarah El Desoke
Country of origin: Syria