Razan and Dyana (1/3) Syria – Turkey

If we would have stayed in Syria we would be dead now

Before the war our life was very good and then the war came and we had to get out. We were living in the city and we had nothing to properly support our daughter. We had no heat or electricity. The main reason why we left was the future of our daughter.

We lived in a kurdish city and I (Dyana) was pregnant and I had to go to the doctor, get medication, and it was hard. Because the doctor was arabic and I am a Kurd. Racism was one of the reasons why we went to Turkey.

To go to a kurdish doctor I would have had to go from one arabic city to another arabic city and we would have had to walk through points of ISIS. That was too risky.

Then the war came and we had to relocate to the countryside but the war also came there. So we had to relocate again, to Damascus, and later we moved to Turkey.

I (Razan) carried two bag, one on the back and one in front, and I also had a small bag for medicine. So I was carrying about 30kg along the way. My wife carried our daughter and another bag.

The turkish government has their rules and we couldn’t go through the main door which is run by the army and other groups. You don’t know to which groups they exactly belong, maybe ISIS.

So we had to walk to Turkey and cross illegally. It took us three hours. These borders had all kinds of difficulties. Any time we could have stepped on a mine because we had to walk over a minefield.

Any step could have been a step on a mine!

Our life was very hard in Turkey and we couldn’t get on our feet there. When I (Razan) worked there I earned half of what a turkish person gets. We had to work whatever work was given to us and we had to take any kind of job. At home (in Syria) I was working in a printing company where we printed on clothes.

It was pretty hard. We stayed a year in Turkey and our daughter was born there. I (Dyana) have a special medical condition and I couldn’t give birth on natural way. I had to get surgers and the power came in most parts of the city of generators. The situation at the hospital was very bad there were no qualified doctors or nurses nor the right medication to perform the surgery.

But because of the pressure of the war nearby and the pressure of the everyday life we had to move again.

I (Razan) thought about the future of my kid and the situation in Turkey was not good for my child. We had no health insurance. Doctors were very expensive; when you had to go the doctor you had to pay out of our pocket, so it was very expensive there.

When we saw that people moved to Germany and heard that the life is much better there, we wanted to go too. Although we wanted to sacrifice ourselves to get a better life for our child, it was risky to go on this adventure.

You know you have to choose between dying slowly or dying fast in the water. So we took the risk.

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