Afghan teen journalist writes of courage and sorrow

Afghan teen journalist writes of courage and sorrow

With gunmen on his tail, 17-year-old Omid Ahmadi, a young journalist, fled Kabul without saying goodbye to his family. Now safe, he shared his journey in his own words. BAD FALLINGBOSTEL, Germany – We believe that water is life but sometimes it stands for the...
Berlin refugee guides show off cultural riches from home

Berlin refugee guides show off cultural riches from home

BERLIN, Germany – A hush falls over the small group of visitors as it enters the cool, lofty hall filled with ancient stones. Museum guide Kefah Ali Deeb studies their expressions closely as they gaze at Syrian statues of lions, birds, scorpions and mysterious...
The man who changes lives

The man who changes lives

TORBALI, Turkey – One man can change lives. Just ask the Syrian refugees in Torbali, near Izmir, about the work of Levent Topçu. Levent, known to the refugees simply by his first name, is the 52-year-old general manager of Ege, a Turkish company that makes leather...
Young Syrian footballer aims high in Germany

Young Syrian footballer aims high in Germany

Seven-year-old Ahmad escaped war and chaos in Syria. Now safe, he hopes to become an international football star and is watching the European championships closely for new tips. A wide, gappy grin spreads over Ahmad Alzaher’s youthful face. He gazes at his father,...
Solaf loves sports and dreams of living in America

Solaf loves sports and dreams of living in America

Solaf, 9 years old: “My name is Solaf and I’m from Bosra in Syria. I remember my house there. It was big with a brown door. There was a garden outside with olive trees, lemon trees, orange trees and apple trees. We planted basil, thyme, chamomile, parsley, eggplants...
Mojtaba dreams of finding a cure for cancer

Mojtaba dreams of finding a cure for cancer

Mojtaba, 22 years old: “The journey to Europe was very tough. I was only 13 at the time. I lost my older brother on the way. He drowned on the crossing between Turkey and Greece. After that, I had to manage on my own. The hardest thing for me was not knowing who I...
Baw Meh dreams of a safer future for her grandchildren

Baw Meh dreams of a safer future for her grandchildren

Baw Meh, 78 years old: “I got married very young. My parents arranged it. We never saw each other before the wedding. He said, you’re very slim, and I said, you’re handsome and manly. We laughed but after those first words we were shy to walk together. We had good...
Finally, a safe place to be gay

Finally, a safe place to be gay

Walking down the street while holding hands with his boyfriend could have gotten Subhi Nahas tortured and killed in his hometown of Idlib, Syria, where he says hardline militias target gay men and execute them. That is why 28-year-old Nahas fled the country in...
A Syrian family starts over in Canada

A Syrian family starts over in Canada

Wearing earplugs and protective gloves, Kevork Eleyjian hauls glued-wood veneers to a large machine on a noisy factory floor, shaping thin composite sheets into curved seats. The 28-year-old is among 15 Syrian refugees starting their lives over with jobs at the...

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