Thair’s story (3)

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Post 12 – 29 May 2015 – We were all very well received in Sicily but it was not our destination. We pushed on to Northern Italy . It was dangerous but I knew we could make it. #ShareHumanity

Post 13 – 30 May 2015 – I was welcomed by wonderful Italian volunteers at the Milano Central Station, joining thousands of refugees sleeping in the train station and other overcrowded facilities. I could only stay 5 nights in refugees’ centre in the city and I nowhere to go. All along I was in touch with my Italian friends and on 4 June I arrived in Modena, where I spent a few weeks with wonderful people that became like my second family. #ShareHumanity

Post 14 – I soon realized that Italy was still suffering from a severe economic crisis. Therefore, Northern Europe –with its higher employment rates and strong social systems –was final destination…It was really hard for me to say goodbye to Italy and all my new friends, but I had to move on… Britain was my first choice, because my mum is a British Overseas Citizen, however reaching England from France remains extremely dangerous. Each night, in order to cross to the UK, many people attempt to rush over barricades blocking the entrance to the Eurotunnel, through which cars, trucks and the Eurostar bullet train travel. They then try to either walk through it or board trucks and freight trains, risking being struck by them.. Therefore my friends suggested Germany, instead… So, soon enough I was on the road again. #ShareHumanity

Post 15 – 20 June 2015 – It was the International Day of the Refugee and ironically enough I embarked on what would be the final leg of my long journey by crossing the Austrian and then the German border. Since authorities were controlling everyone on trains and buses that cross these borders, I had to travel by car to avoid being caught and sent back to Italy.. The trip was long and dangerous trip but in the night I finally arrived in Munich. My dear friends Sara and Jakob were waiting for me. I could not believe my eyes. Together we started to discuss how my future in Germany would look like. #ShareHumanity

Post 16 – We’ve made it to Berlin, where I applied for political asylum.. I am very grateful to Germany. However, I still consider the UK “my home away from home”. My grandfather was British and my mum is a British Overseas Citizen. She has not seen me in 4 long years, and her biggest hope is to be reunited with me in the UK. I am now in the city of Bielefeld where I am waiting for the German government decision on granting me asylum. Inch’allah it will happen! Though O have a law degree, I do not speak German (but I am learning, right Steffi, Sara, Mayada, Matthias and Jakob?), we are all still without money or a passport, we must navigate an immigration system that is rather complicated and we are placed in mass housing far outside the main cities, which makes it really hard for us to integrate in the German society… but I remain positive! “Alles wird gut”, as my friends say! #ShareHumanity

Post 17 – I couldn’t have made it through this journey without Sara and Jakob.. I really Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.. they would never say: “what can I give you?” or “what do you need?”, they would rather say “let’s do this, let’s go there together”… If everyone in Europe were to extend a hand beyond borders, colors and nationalities to just one more refugee, we could totally solve the problem!

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