Four years as a refugee in Belgium

Four years as a refugee in Belgium

I remember when I first arrived in Belgium, I felt alone far from home, from people I knew for years, far from my house and work, my wife and kids, far from my life, being in a place where I have to start from zero. After months of being in a camp, I was allowed to leave and find my own place, finding a place was very hard and it seemed impossible.

For a moment I thought why don’t I just go back home no matter how the situation is? but I remembered how selfish will it be, thinking of myself and not of my kids who might have a peaceful future here.

I decided to fight with all my power to move forward, to learn, work and do whatever to bring them, and gladly that happened.

It’s been 4 years since I arrived in this country, I speak Dutch, I work as a mentor for kids in an organization, I volunteer to translate for newcomers, my wife speaks Dutch and work, my kids go to school. I am glad I didn’t make the decision of going back, I am glad to have my life back.

Story from Through refugee eyes

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About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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