“Ik can do nothing but wait. I just live from day to day.”
“Long ago, my parents fled from Palestine to Egypt, where I was born. Around 1980 we went to Syria. I lived there for 35 years, in one of the large refugee camps near Damascus.
I am married and have five children: a 34-year old son, and four daughters, aged 33, 30, 27 and 20. One daughter is in the Netherlands with her husband, in Nunspeet. My other daughters are still in Syria and Lebanon. And my son, Youssef … I have not seen him in a very long time. He is in jail in Syria. He did nothing wrong, but was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
My husband is in Germany. I fiercely hope that we will be together again soon. Inshallah. But it is difficult, because we both have Palestinian and Egyptian passports, not Syrian ones. That complicates the procedure. I can do nothing but wait. I just live from day to day.”
Afaf Abu Hamouda (55) from Damascus, Syria