- Syrian Arab Republic
- Conflicts and Disasters
Fatheh, 45, had to flee Syria, but her husband stayed to take care of his mother who is too old for such a long and difficult journey. She is travelling alone with 4 of her 7 children, aged 10, 12, 14 and 16. Two of her daughters live in Germany and she’s hoping to join them there.
“My home was totally destroyed. There are no buildings left in my neighbourhood. We started going from one place to another. We were refugees inside our own country until we had nowhere to go. At that point, we had no other option but to leave Syria and become refugees. Even if the war ended, we wouldn’t have any place left to go to.”
“The whole journey has been so tough. God, have we walked! The worst part was crossing the sea. We were 16 persons in a boat. Even though the sea was calm, we were so scared. When we arrived in Greece, no one was there. We spent two days sleeping in the streets. We had nothing to cover us, we had to sleep on the pavement. We then took a train to Serbia, sitting in between cars, with my children.”
“We’re in need of just about everything, but it’s enough for us if someone greets us with a smile, because we’ve been through something horrific.”
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