“Here, I don’t need to apologize to anyone” “The last time I cried was two weeks ago. I listened to Arabic music and I thought of my dead mother. The last time I laughed was … today, yes today!” Our conversation with Hassanin, from Iraq, started sort of like this. Iraq – Turkey – Greece. […]

#iamstrong |THE STORY OF AHMAD

My favorite Greek expression is «se agapo»* says Ahmad Hajj Daoud in broken Greek. Ahmad is 18 years old and he is coming from Syria. The last 3 months he was living in one of the Thessaloniki’s apartments that SolidarityNow provides to LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. Ahmad found “Safe Refugee”, the specialized assistance program […]

#iAmStrong | Ν.’s story

“I’d rather not reveal my identity,” says N., who sits in a yellow armchair holding his hands tight. N. is quite timid. Although he is 27 years old, he seems much more mature for his age. Displacement and its outcomes make people older, you can see its traces on their faces. N. is coming from […]

#iAmStrong | 6 + 1 Stories of Winning Power and the Sense of belonging

At SolidarityNow we celebrate. Along with Ahmed, N., Hassan and Baref, Maya and Batis, Hasanin, John and Pinar, we celebrate their right to self-determination and social inclusion. Starting from today and till the 9th of June, when the Athens Pride 2018 takes place, through the #iAmStrong series, we unfold the stories of the LGBT refugees […]

#iAmStrong | Hassan and Baref

“We came here, and our lives changed. Do you see the color of my mobile phone screen? It is black… My life was like that before I came here”. Hassan and Baref are a couple and refugees. They have known each other for many years. They have met when they were living in their country […]

Polaroid stories | Hawas, Aiwas, Rionas and Vinas in France

Today he lives in France with his family – his wife and their four children. The relocation of Khalil’s family from Greece to France took place after two years in Greece and a painful trip from Iraq to Europe. “We were trying hard for years to build a life and in two hours we lost […]

Polaroid stories | “We are patient”, they say, until they are reunited

Ahmed and Halwa are parents of six children. They are in Greece since July 2017 with their five children – “We managed to save our eldest son first; he traveled on his own and arrived at Germany.” The 14-year-old son who lives in Germany over the past two years is doing well, his parents say, “and […]

Polaroid Stories | Radua and the two musicians

Radua from Syria is a mother of nine children. She has been in Greece for more than a year with five of her children. Her four older children live in different countries of the world; the 25-year-old son of hers lives with his father in Germany and the other three, all girls, in three different […]