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“It seemed smart to go alone. I didn’t dare to take my children.”

“It seemed smart to go alone. I didn’t dare to take my children.”

“I’m so sad. I came here alone. My husband and children are still in Aleppo. They live with my mother. I worry so much about them. There is no running water, no electricity. Almost nothing is even still standing. I was so afraid after the last bombings of Aleppo. It took a long time until I was able to contact my family and knew they were unharmed.

It seemed smart to go alone. I didn’t dare to take my children. And that fear was not misplaced, it was a horrible journey. Something went wrong with the boat I took to make the trip to Greece. I spend hours lying in the sea. There were a lot of children on board as well. I helped them put on their lifejackets and held them up so they wouldn’t drown. I’m a swim instructor. Luckily we were saved. Via Athens I finally reached the Netherlands by plane.

I’ve been here for almost five months now, but it’s still not sure when something is going to happen to get my family here. The uncertainty is terrible. But above all the missing. I need nothing, no money, nothing. I just want my children – the youngest is only eight. My mother’s heart is bleeding.”

 

Ebaa Farra from Aleppo, Syria

 

 

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