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

Valia Savvidou

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 he’s almost fluent in German.”

They have applied for family reunification and they wait for the approval for the past eight months. While they are in this standby situation, they do not give up life – “the children keep us alive!”, says the 48-year-old farmer Ahmed, whose main concern is his children’ education. Therefore, the whole family participate in the German courses held at the organization’s accommodation structure and preparing themselves for the future.

These two parents, beyond safety, want nothing more for their children than to go to school. “If they are educated, they will make it in life“, says Ahmed. He didn’t manage to finish school – he became a good farmer.

We are patient“, says Halwa. The separation is tolerable when they know that their son in Germany is well. They are happy with life offered in the accommodation structure because they feel safe; the daily routine there helps them leave behind the bad memories of the war and they are proud to see their children participate in the various activities organized by the organization’s team – “it is a great help for our children!”

*The family of Ahmed and Halwa is hosted in the organization’s accommodation structure in Paiania operated under the ESTIA, the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation programme, implemented by the UNHCR and funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).