#Stranded | Mohamad

Giorgos Moutafis for SolidarityNow

Mohamad Musa, 67 years old, 2 months in Lesvos

“Here the people do not have choices”

“My name is Mohamad Musa. I am from Kabul and I am 67 years old. I came to Moria two months ago. Before I was in Iran with my wife and with one of my two daughters. My other daughter lives in Germany with her family. When I was in Iran I worked as a security for a private company. All these years we were making enough money to survive and live with dignity.

1,5 years ago I returned to Afghanistan because someone informed me that some people wanted to take my home. They were armed and they threatened to kill me. I didn’t know who they were. In Afghanistan, if you possess weapons you are a king. After so many efforts I have built a house and they have taken it. I returned to Iran, but I couldn’t stay there because I didn’t have a visa. I came in Greece through Turkey. One relative helped me to cross the sea, οotherwise I couldn’t make this trip alone.

After all these incidents, I have many health problems. I can’t walk and I suffer from low vision. My relative who resides in Moria brings me food. Who else will bring me food if not he? I can’t walk to the toilets, because they are too far away from my tent. I am living alone. Some people brought me some blanket and clothes to change. Today they told me that they will bring me a heater. My neighbors who are staying at the nearby tents have asked it for me. People here respect me and are good to me.

I have hopes because no one can live without hope. My wish is to meet my daughter and my grandson who are in Germany; I don’t want anything else. I have all the documents to apply for family reunification but I cannot stand against the state. We don’t have any choice. I don’t want to stay in Greece. It’s better to die than to stay here. I want to go to my daughter, that’s why I made this long trip from Afghanistan and risked my life. I have no other wish than to be with my daughter. The best thing is to get out of here as soon as possible”.