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Refugee boys listening to Syrian band on Roskilde Festival

Fadi and Munir fled from the bombs in Syria two years ago. Today they watched a Syrian band – many themselves refugees – play on the Danish Roskilde Festival’s big scene

By: Robin Ahrenkiel El-Tanany and Michael Bang (Photos)

“Woaa!” The two teenagers from Syria, Fadi and Munir, look at each other and laugh. They recognize the song being played from the scene on Roskilde Festival. And they start video recording. The band playing is The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Damon Albarn.

The boys are here together with around 100.000 people on the big music festival.

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Fadi is 17 years old and fled Syria two years ago. He has always listened to arab music. “I really like listening to this music. I hope I will watch this band in Syria one day. A long time from now. But one day.”

“I believe I will watch them in Syria one day. A long time from now. But one day”

Fadi is studying at school in Denmark now. He speaks good Danish already. He loves being in school again. “Going to school in Syria was difficult. Bombs fell so often”, he explains.

He wishes to become a teacher.

Before the concert Fadi and Munir were dealing out hundreds of Syrian sweets for free to welcome all the guests at the official opening day of the music festival. This was arranged by a Danish organisation called “Bak Op” which supports unaccompanied minors like Fadi and Munir to settle in Denmark.

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