I had three options: To kill somebody, to be killed or to flee.
I tried to get a visa for another Arabic country, but this didn’t work out. So I fled to Europe. The borders were open. But nevertheless it was a very tough trip. It was so difficult to get food. We slept in forests, at the roadside just anywhere.
It was so hard. It was so expensive. 1300 Dollars to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece, 1300 Dollars for 30 miles. Imagine, the average income in Syria is 30 euros per month.My father even sold his car which he needed for his work as a taxi-driver. In anyway his car was useless. Bombed streets full with debris, you don’t need a taxi. Then I started my trip into an uncertain future. There was no plan. I didn’t know what would happen.
Actually, the most dangerous part was the sea crossing from Turkey to Greece through. I was risking my life. We used a boat for not more than ten persons, but we were more than 55. After around two kilometres the engine has crashed and we had to go back. When we did so, the trafickers were yelling. Then we changed the engine oft he boat and started again. Again pressed between 55 refugees. Finally we arrived to Greece.
The first day was better than we had expected. Police officers brought us to their office, to a place, where already refugees waited. The police was really friendly. We were asked about our needs. The treated us as humans. They were so friendly.
I decided, that Syria is my mother Syria and Germany is my wife. I get familiar with the life here in Germany, although I faced a number of difficulties. The language, the traditions and the different culture. I started to learn German and get to know many friends who helped me to integrate here. On the other part, my homeland, Syria is the place where I grew up, got educated and where my family lives.
Sure, I wish peace for Syria. I wish the Germans that in their country will be peace for ever. That you never have to flee, to risk your life. It was a very hard experience.Interviewed by Achraf Ben Dhiab, 24 years old, Zarzis in Tunisia
Hani, a 28 years old telecommunication engineer, took the Balkan route to flee from Syria to Germany.