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Four Syrian men took the long and dangerous journey through eight countries to Denmark. Some places the police would beat them up. Some places the Red Cross provided them with food.

From Syria to Sandholm

Nazar Hussain, Peshan Kane, Abdela Bellale, Gerbe Doghan shares their stories about how they passed through eastern Europe. Today they are at Center Sandholm. Photo: Houda
Gerbe Doghan, Abdela Bellale, Nazar Hussain and Peshan Kane shares their stories about how they passed through eastern Europe. Today they are at Center Sandholm. Photo: Houda

By: Eden

The four Syrian men witnessed themselves how struggled the way across eastern Europe is. The journey took them one month and two weeks. They hoped that peace would come to Syria, but the hope was just like a dream.

“The Assad regime is still in power and ISIS destroys houses, historical sites and are killing thousand of peoples. Then we were asked by Assad government to join the military, but we don’t wanna kill any human. It is a horrible situation in Syria, so we run to safe our life” says Nazar Hussain, who left Syria in 2013.

After they passed all the dangerous roads they reached Europe safely, and now they are in Denmark at Center Sandholm.

Smugglers threw a mother and her son into the sea
“We crossed from Turkey to Greece on a plastic boat. The boat was seven metres long and only made for 25 passengers. But the smugglers put 50 passengers on board and the weight was so heavy, that we just threw our bags to the sea. When we saw the plastic boat, we didn’t want be on it, but the smugglers said that they would shoot us if we didn’t. One woman and her son didn’t want to cross the sea on that boat , but then one of the smugglers threw her and her son into the sea. We saw that tragedy with our own eyes,” says Nazar Hussain.

“We paid the smuggler 2000 dollars for a ‘safe’ journey. The smugglers hid us in the forest before the departure time and then in the night they told us to go. The person who is selling the boat don’t have with any experiences with sailing the boat, but we reached the border to Greece,”  says Nazar Hussain.

Peshan Kane slept on the ground in Hungary. Photo: Private
Peshan Kane slept on the ground in Hungary. Photo: Private

Pay double price for food and water
“From the cost of the Greek border we walked ten hours to reached a refugee camp. It was full of different nationalities. More than a thousand people, but no food, no water, no shower. Sometimes Red Cross gave us food and water, but there was not enough at all. We paid 60 euro to go to Athens with the ferry. When we reach Athens we didn’t get any help. We even had to pay double price for food and water, because the shops knew we were from Syria.

“We meet some smugglers in Athens and ask how to go to France or Italy and they told us if we paid 6000 euro they will make us a fake passport. It’s a risk, because if we get caught with fake documents, we know we’ll be put in prison. The payment was too much, so the easiest way was to walk,”  says Nazar Hussain.

Difficult to pass the Hungarian fence
“In Macedonia 3000 Syrian refugees went on the train to Serbia, but the train stopped before the Serbian border. The Macedonian Red Cross gave us food, water and other medical help. Then we walking 3 km. to reach Serbia. In Belgrade 5,000 refuge where sleeping on the streets. There ware few tents, but it was only for 100 people. From Serbia we went by bus to the Hungarian border. In Hungary  the fence was so hard to pass and the Hungarian police they didn’t allow us, so when the police moved from the area, we broke the fence and walked in the forest. We continued to Vienna and Germany, but before we came to Denmark we ask our friend who lives in Denmark, and he they told us that it’s a good country for asylum seekers, because we can get help by Red Cross, ” tells Nazar Hussain.

Many Syrian refugees coming to Denmark
Since the Syrian war started, many people has fled the country. The Assad regime kills many people and use chemical weapons in different parts of Syria and men are forced to join the military. Syrian people have for many years fled to the neighbourhood countries Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, but now there is not enough food, medication care or school for the kids.

“The situation is very bad, so now everyone is moving from Syria and the neighborhood countries to west Europe”, says Nazar Hussain.

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