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With the help of Manel Tahan I managed to contact her desperate husband who is now in Syria and asked him a few questions about the situation in Damascus

“Sitting here like a dead man”

With the help of Manel Tahan I managed to contact her desperate husband who is now in Syria and asked him a few questions about the situation in Damascus

By: Houda

Kheir El Din is a man who is currently living in Syria with his three children under difficult circumstances. Hopefully that will change soon maybe after his wife, Manel Tahan, gets her residence in Denmark.

How is the security situation?
“The situation in Damascus is so difficult, and the security situation is crap.
Everyday explosions and many numbers of rockets down beside my kids and my home. Everyone gets out of their houses and gets ready to die on their journey to school or to work – even when you are sitting at home, you may die as well by unexpected bombs.
In both cases we are living day by day.”

How is the housing situation?
“We do not have a home anymore. Our house was destroyed during the war. My family, my sister and my brother, together rent a house. One room for each of their families.”

How is the finance situation?
“The finance situation is worst than ever with rising of prices. Now everything is ten times more expensive than before, like eggs, cheese, butter and milk.
The meat price went from 400 to 4000 Syrian pounds, and the bread went from 9 to 25 Syrian pounds. I can only buy the necessary things, such as the food, to keep us alive.”

How is the emotional situation?
“I feel desperate and frustrated. Most of the people who made it with my wife on the trip and reached Germany had the chance to reunite with their families in a period of seven months. Expect me… Sitting here like a dead man.”

Is it possible for you to wait for more than a year after your wife hopefully gets the asylum?
“No! Definitely we must find a solution. It is impossible to wait more than this.
my 7-years-old son refuse to talk with me, I do not know what to say. Should I tell him that the immigration service did not give your mother the right to stay in Denmark yet? I do not know how to explain it to him.
He always dreams about going to Denmark. What should I say to him? Could I possibly say that you are going to face a racist government that does not want to welcome you as a little boy from Syria.
I am so lost and confused. I do not know how I would be able to take my children to a country with a government that does not want them, to a government that put all kinds of rules to impede our existence there. They will never be able to live like their friends not adapt with them, that is if they are going. I really do not know what we are going to do.”

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