ISIS wanted to kill me so I had to leave to survive
“Whilst distributing clothes in Dunkirk, I got chatting to a Kurdish gentleman in his early thirties (not pictured) who had arrived two days prior. He was working in Operations after graduating with a degree in Business and Finance. His job meant he often worked closely with the government and by proxy, the American army. ⠀
He used his drone to help the army and show them where ISIS were staying when one day, his drone was captured by members of ISIS. They posted his picture (taken from the footage from when he launched the drone) all over the state and it was suddenly too dangerous for him to stay. He fled the same day, leaving all his family behind. He left with no phone and has not been able to contact his family since he left his home country 10 months ago. They do not know if he is alive. ⠀⠀⠀
‘When ISIS came to my country, they came unarmed so you couldn’t tell who was ISIS a and who wasn’t. It wasn’t safe to talk to anyone. Supposing there was a family and one person in the family was ISIS, if that person was killed by the army and you had helped the army, his whole family might not have been members of ISIS but suddenly they will all want to kill you too. ⠀⠀
‘ISIS wanted to kill me so I had to leave to survive. They didn’t want to kill my family, just me, so I left alone. One of my diplomas was in English Language; I want to go to England to work and lead a normal life. I loved my job in Kurdistan but I’ll be happy with any job I can get. I can speak the language so it will be easier to assimilate in England, I just have to get there.’ ⠀⠀
I can’t imagine having to flee my country for doing something that was the right thing to do, and having to make the impossible journey across Europe, only be turned away and mistreated by the people I was running to for help. And to be able to smile and have such hope at the end of that? What resilience! (shared with consent)”
Story from the wonderful Boss Babes Collective, who came to volunteer in Calais recently.