Mohammed’s story: from Khartoum to Stockton

Mohammed’s story: from Khartoum to Stockton

When you’ve walked from Khartoum to Calais, through Iran and Turkey and most of Europe, Stockton seems a very small place.

I’ve been here three months now. It’s OK. I have my own house now, I share it with four friends from Africa, Afghan and Iran. It is better then the hotel in some ways as I have my own space, but in the hotel I had lots of Syrian friends and we would sit and talk so much about everything and nothing at all! I do miss that.

I left Syria when I was 19 and I am now 29. It has taken me 10 years to get here.

I am very scared about my interview. The residency issue always confuses my mind and the thoughts that I may be deported are never far away. I’ve already been deported once, from Lebanon, I don’t want it to happen again. I can’t go through that again.

I like to read. It takes my mind off all my problems and I can escape. I have only been learning English for 6 months, so it is still difficult, especially as there are no Arabic books in Stockton library. They said they cannot get me any either, so I am trying my best to learn English very fast! I do read on my phone but I have problems with my eyes, so I really like books better.

One of my favourite authors is Agatha Christie. I know her books are old, but her mind is so big and she is so clever. I never know who did it!
I remember my mum reading stories to me a long time ago in Syria. That is a nice memory. I liked to write stories too, I still do. I have written about my journey to France. I hope to get it translated one day and then you can read it too.

When my residency issue is sorted out, I want to study media, I would like to be a political journalist and continue writing and finding out about the world.

I have many friends from Care4Calais, it is the best organisation in the world! They supported me when I needed them and now I want to give something back and volunteer with them in Stockton.

– Mohammed

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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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