“None of us can swim. You think it would be good if the kids learn how?”
“Look, these are the pictures on my mobile from Kobani where we used to live. Hardly anything is left of it. Look, this is a short movie clip. This is me in front of an utterly destroyed house. That used to be our house. Why? We are Kurds, and the groups that attacked Kobani think we are bad because of it. I don’t know why they think that.
In Kobani I painted houses. Inside and outside. Kobani was quite small, but it had everything: a football club, and bars to play billiards in. The day before we left we heard about the new attacks. It was difficult when I told my wife we had to leave. We packed as much as possible in a few bags and were lucky that we could pass through an open gate to Turkey.
The most important thing is that our children can grow up safely. The thing that stands out here is the amount of water everywhere. We don’t have that. None of us can swim. You think it would be good if the kids learn how?”
Muslin Ousi (35)with his wife (24), daughter Sherevan (2) and son Arin (9 months) from Kobani, Syria